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I love hiking, backpacking and snowboarding when I get to leave the city; and volleyball, either beach or indoor, in any other time. And soccer of course.

About me

A Peruvian Designer in New York

On how I became a designer/artist

Over 10 years of experience, in the U.S. and abroad. Branding and Corporate Identity Guardian at NYSE Euronext; Designer of presentations and Marketing and Communications documents for the US, working closely with London and Paris. Designer of identity for new acquired Divisions for the NYSE. Completed and imposed new Branding Guidelines throughout the U.S.

Specialties:Branding and Corporate Identity, Cross-media integration, Design and Marketing. Print processes

I am on a constant search for the better me. Sometimes he hides, but I know where, since he is me; so I find him. Ricardo Hijar

When I was 13 years old, I was first asked what I wanted to do when I grew up; and even though it was early on, I replied I wanted to be a graphic designer. Little did I know that was really the route I was going to take. I enjoyed my ceramics/arts class while the whole class completely disregarded it. My arts teacher would tell stories about artistic styles in remote areas of Peru and I would close my eyes and dream of being there while listening to the stories. We then would practice a technique used by them.


After that experience, I started participating in writing contests within the school and did some primitive design. For my Senior Year, I designed the logo of our senior group, which was my first time competing to win a client.

When I finished school I started preparing for the admission exam at the Pontifical Catholic University to the Arts School, while I was training to join a team in the national volleyball league. After a full-day rigorous exam consisting of a 3-hour knowledge exam and a 4-hour arts series of tests; I only had to wait past midnight for a 7 to 1 chances of admittance... having some food and drinks with friends.

So after almost an hour looking for my name on the list, I finally found it, near the top... in 7th place. I was so exhausted that the celebration pretty much ended there and went home.

After 5 and a half years of Color Theory, Composition, endless Art History, and different kind of art classes. I finished my undergraduate degree. I managed to combine it with my Catholic Community commitments, sports and some freelance towards the end of my studies. It was an amazing experience, to which I am so grateful to this day.

I worked at a design studio until I earned my own clients and worked as a freelancer for a couple of years until I needed to find a new big challenge. And so I started looking for schools in the US to obtain a Master's Degree. After a year of searching, I began the application process, building my portfolio for US standards was a lot of work; and writing the essays took a lot of work, but was an interesting experience.

On August 15, 2001 I landed at the Savannah International Airport with a big suitcase and a desktop CPU as luggage. And of course tons of dreams and fears to study and work away from my country, family and friends. Thanks to the friends I made during the very first week, and the help from random people, the transition was not too painful". The adventure began after a sad time for all the US after the September 11th attack.

By the end of 2002 I was already offered a job in Atlanta, where I had done my internship before. I packed up my few belongings and drove to the Atlanta on to a new adventure. oduring my weekends I finished my final course and obtained a Master's in Fine Arts Degree.

It is now 2014 and I am ready to face new challenges after almost 6 years at the NYSE. I am looking forward to finding new opportunities, friends, and success stories, for me, and the company I would work for.

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