David Ayllon is a photographer, graphic designer, and superhero aficionado. Ayllon first discovered his love of larger than life characters during his childhood on Long Island, where he found himself preoccupied with fantastical worlds served up by comic books & professional wrestling. As a queer Latino, Ayllon’s fasciation with persona grew from adolescent escapism into a process of examining gender, personal history, and self-expression through his photography & design. By collaborating with noted personalities from the drag community, Ayllon creates dynamic narrative portraits that explore nostalgia and identity through the lens of artifice, urban fantasy, and pop-culture. Some of the queens featured in Ayllon work include, Bob The Drag Queen (RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Season 8), Sasha Velour (RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Season 9), Todrick Hall, Peaches Christ, and more.
In 2017, Ayllon designed a range of enamel pins for StrangeWays.com, which are once again available after selling out within their first week of release. His photography has been featured in the Harvey Milk Photo Center, as well as in the pages of such publications as Paper Magazine, Huffington Post, OUT Magazine, Next Magazine (cover), and more. His work honored with such award as the 2017 PDN Faces competition (first place), 2016 Seeing the Light competition, as well as the 2009 IAC award for Best Design Website. A graduate of Seaton Hall University with a B.A. in Graphic Design, Ayllon is currently completing the final year of his MFA from Savannah College of Art & Design. Follow him on Instagram @DavidAyllon