More than meets the eye, Santana Draper is a self-taught visual artist, actor, model, budding philanthropist and business owner. With appearances in Director's Quentin Tarantino's Blockbuster, DJANGO Unchained, HBO's highly acclaimed Boardwalk Empire , eagerly anticipated Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and as Travis Younger in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun; Santana Draper is moving towards his dream of being a great Actor. Santana also has put into motion his passion to be a great “Visual Artist & Philanthropist”. In the fall of 2012 the world was introduced to then 10 year old Santana Draper's art inspired apparel collection simply named paper toy® ; with his limit release debuting on fab.com. Then later debuting his apparel collection on zulily.com and internationally debuting on reebonz.com. Paper Toy LLC’s, founder, Santana Draper has launched his own website www.papertoyclothing.com. Santana says, “Service to others is 1st” and formed a partnership with Kids Meals Houston where a portion of Paper Toy LLC proceeds are donated to Kids Meals.
Santana was born in 2002 in Sugarland, Texas and at an early age demonstrated the ability to draw with intention; having no art instruction Santana taught himself to sketch from an "Anime" DVD cover. At around age 5, Santana began to sketch "Action" figures and cut those action figures out and coined "paper toy". Santana created his business plan for his company with a platform to generate revenue to give towards children charities and several years later he launched paper toy®.
Santana is the youngest artist to present an art collection at Houston's largest fine arts festival, The Bayou City Arts Festival. Santana is the youngest business owner to exhibit at (South by Southwest) SXSW Gaming Expo. Santana's paper toy® has been invited to Houston's largest festival, The International Festival AKA "ifest" and the largest Sneaker Summit, H-town Sneaker Summit. Santana's paper toy® apparel has been admired by the Elvis Duran National Syndicated Radio Show, recording artist Austin Mahone, recording artist Miguel, Song writer Ed Sheeran, socialite Karrache Tran, ABC executive VP Vickie Dummer, French house music producer David Guetta and other celebs in attendance for 2013 Billboard Music Awards, MTV VMA's and BET Awards. Santana along with his apparel collection has been featured locally by KPRC channel 2, CW39 NewsFix, Karmaloop TV, and HBO Brasil and Houston Style Magazine! In addition, Santana has been interviewed by The Houston Chronicle newspaper.
Santana is a student at Harmony School of Ingenuity and an active member of Lakewood Church.