About Prof. Elio

Prof. Elio L. Arteaga, MFA

Prof. Elio L. Arteaga, MFA

Artist Statement

Design brings order out of chaos. It establishes a structure, and creates visual hierarchy. Design improves and facilitates communication. My work is clean and simple. I see every new design project as a puzzle. How can I find beauty in simplicity? How can I emphasize what is needed for clear communication? How can I throw away elements that are frivolous? My tools are type, color and images. I find elegance in the classic typefaces: Garamond, Bodoni, Futura, Helvetica and Century. I experiment with their placement, scale, and gestalt relationships.

Teaching Philosophy

To teach successfully, one must not only instruct, but also inspire. Creativity and imagination are powerful forces within each of us. The successful instructor motivates and empowers students to tap into those forces, to experiment and create. Just as scaffolding supports a building as it’s being erected, and comes down when it’s complete, the instructor facilitates and guides the student’s learning process. The instructor prepares the student for the demands of the workplace by instilling pride in their own work, adherence to deadlines, experimentation and professionalism. With each accomplishment, the student gains the self-confidence and maturity to further experiment and grow as a graphic designer. Upon graduation, the student can enter the workplace as a productive member of society, earning a living, enjoying what they do, and perhaps even attaining distinction.


A.S., A.A., Miami Dade Community College; Graphic Design.
B.S., Florida International University; Advertising and Mass Communication.
M.F.A., Florida Atlantic University; Graphic Design.


Elio L. Arteaga was born in Cuba in 1965, and came to the United States with his parents three years later. He excelled in school, but especially enjoyed art class. Eventually, he turned his talents into a successful career.

Elio studied Commercial Art and Advertising Design at Miami Dade College, under the tutelage of Don Ink, a renowned watercolorist, whose paintings of Florida Keys wildlife grace the walls of offices and homes throughout South Florida. At Florida International University, Elio completed a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Mass Communications, studying under professors Margo Berman and Pat Rose. He then went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Florida Atlantic University. If you consider Elio to be the Karate Kid, then consider his FAU professors Stephanie Cunningham, Walter Delaney, Linda Johnson and Andrei Kulawik to be four graphic design Mr. Miyagis.

Elio has provided training in desktop publishing technology to such South Florida companies as Avanti Press, BrandsMart USA Art Department, Miami Herald Cuba News Section and the National Newspaper Press Photographers Association’s Digital ’94 conference. Elio’s freelance graphic design clients include Florida International University, Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, Florida International University, Golden Key National Honor Society, Zoological Society of Florida and the March of Dimes.

Elio’s graphic design and web design work can be characterized as clean and modern. He feels contrast and negative shapes are powerfully engaging visual elements that he experiments with in order to produce attractive projects. Elio loves to share his talent and knowledge with others by teaching courses in graphic design and web design. In August 2015, he joined the faculty of Miami Dade College, as graphic design/web design instructor.