Santana Draper, Visual Artist & Philanthropist

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I wanted to say some words to my fans. You can do anything you put your mind to. I saw what was happening around me during Hurricane season and throughout my city of Houston, Texas. There are a lot of less fortunate people here and it concerns me. I wanted to help them change something bad to positive. So I decided to to use my artistic abilities to make money to give back! Of course it sounded foolish but I worked hard to accomplish my goals. You can see me at the SXSW Gaming Expo on March 7.



Part 2 ……

I wanted to tell you about SXSW Gaming Expo, basically we sold out of sizes people wanted but we made “MAD” $$$$$$$$ so”whoo hoo”:]. Paper Toy got a lot of love and I had several interviews like with Patricia P. of HBO Brasil Ltda.  {I wish I had time to read the SXSW Gaming Expo magazine to see who was there like “Screwattacks”]but back to the topic guys don’t think you need a lot of money to cultivate your RAW talent into something great….. I had nothing but talent and a dream!


P.S.  Its Anti-Bullying week so if you see some one getting bullied jump in and help them or get an adult!


I well see you guys later



Visual artist, actor, fashion designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist... middle school student?  This is Santana Draper.

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®. Originally debuting through such sites as and,Paper Toy® designs are now available on and have their own boutique online here at

He often gets asked about the name of his company "paper toy":"When I was really young, I was discovering my love of art. I also realized how expensive the toys my Dad was buying for me, so I began sketching action figures and cutting them out of paper. I'd call them 'My Paper Toy'. It was a natural progression to naming my company 'paper toy'. It was also apparent to me, even as a little kid, that other kids didn't always have what they needed, so we donate some of the money from the t-shirts to Kids' Meals in Houston."

Santana's has blazed trails when he has been chosen to exhibit his work at several prestigious festivals:
•    Houston's largest fine arts festival, The Bayou City Arts Festival
•    South by Southwest (SXSW) Gaming Expo
•    Houston's largest festival, The International Festival AKA "ifest"
•    The largest Sneaker Summit, H-town Sneaker Summit
•    ESPN's inaugural X Games in Austin

He has also garnered many admirers, including: Elvis Duran's National Syndicated Radio Show; recording artist Austin Mahone; recording artist Miguel; Songwriter 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's VMAs and the BET Awards.

Additionally, Santana is an accomplished actor, with appearances in:
•    Director Quentin Tarantino's blockbuster, Django Unchained;
•    HBO's highly acclaimed Boardwalk Empire;
•    Eagerly anticipated Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; and,
•    Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in the featured role of Travis Younger.

Let's not forget--Santana is still only 12 and a student!  He studies at Harmony School of Ingenuity and is an active member of his church.


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