Texas loves pizza; Texas loves art. And you put the two together, you get magic. That was the theme behind a Domino's campaign for pan pizza in 2014. It contained artwork from 3 lucky people from Texas; one being a former UTEP graduate, Diego Garcia.

Where is the Domino's ad that features a UTEP student?

The commercial ran around February 2014 (we know this from this achieved article from the El Paso Times) and this Facebook post from UTEP sharing the video & congratulating Diego, who was 22 & a Junior at the time. Sadly, the video is private and can no longer be seen...

So that's the end of the story right?...NO.

I found the artist who was FEATURED on the commercial; Diego Garcia. He still lives in El Paso & he was able to share photos of his artwork that WAS shown in that commercial.

Here is Diego Garcia's artwork featured by Domino's

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia
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So how exactly did Diego get picked? Well I'll let HIM explain,

"I was one of 3 fortunate artists to be selected to participate in this Labor of Love Dominos commercial. This to me, was an opportunity of a lifetime. At the time I was an employee of the company, delivering pizza as I finished my school career at UTEP. It all began with my store manager receiving a country wide email asking to showcase any employees with artistic background of any kind, he quickly let me know and asked me to send him photos of my work and threw my name in the pool. I remember being reached out to by some company I had no knowledge of and ended up doing a few online meetings with via Skype. During these meetings I had no knowledge that this was an interviewing process for a commercial, in fact on the last video call with them, they told me that they really liked what I had to offer and that the next meeting would have to be in person. With lots of excitement I let them know that it was no problem, if I had the address, I would be quick to drive down there; however, they stopped me right away to inform me that the meeting place would be in California all expenses paid. As a young 22-year-old aspiring artist, you could only imagine the happiness that flowing through my mind knowing that someone is flying you out because they like your artwork".

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia
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When I asked Diego on how he felt having his artwork be shown to the whole world, on a WIDE national scale. As you can imagine, he was extremely grateful. He even went on to say what he did AFTER the commercial.

"I was able to gain notoriety for my artwork and was able to create various commission pieces that helped support me which I still do to this day. I also completed my college career and received a degree in Art Education from UTEP. I spent 6 years working and learning on how to become an art teacher. I really miss walking those hallways, and those 3-hour long studio classes...I hope that in time I make my return to school for a master’s degree in drawing. I currently still live here in El Paso, and I am completing my 8th year as a middle school art teacher. I must give my respects to all core subject teachers because I don’t know how they do it with all the pressures of rules regulations and tests, I get to have fun and play with cool materials all day! I am very pleased to still live here and serve the city where I was raised".

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia
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Of course I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the OTHER Texas artists featured in the commercial; Crystal Stanley from Flower Mound, Texas & Chris Polly from Santa Fe, Texas. Big congratulations to those 2 as well for being featured all those years ago.

While it's a shame the Domino's commercial video is unavailable to watch (currently), I am very thankful I was able to reach out to Diego to share his story on how he shared his art to the world in 2014 & still does to this day.

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