Born in 1989 in Chicago, Dan Polyak obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College with a focus in advertising art and printmaking.
After school he began interning at one of the country’s most renowned venues, Metro/SmartBar, while also independently creating merchandise for pop-punk bands like Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship and Panic! at the Disco that were sold in retailers and on international tours.
In 2012 he was promoted to Art Director of the Metro/SmartBar — specializing in bold typography, iconic imagery and strong pops of color, he has worked with musicians like Chance The Rapper, The Black Madonna and CHVRCHES plus brands like Facebook, Allbirds and Grindr.
In 2015 his focus shifted toward the world of queer culture — he’s created branding, websites and merchandise for todays top drag artists such as: Shea Couleé, Detox, Naomi Smalls, Aja, Valentina, Manila Luzon, Farrah Moan, Miz Cracker, The Vixen and more! He joined weekly underground house and disco party QUEEN!, which has since been voted Chicago’s best weekly party and has broken capacity records regularly.
In 2018 he left Metro/SmartBar to begin working independently as a graphic artist and creative director, also joining drag artist Shea Couleé as her artistic director.
Alongside his other work, he also has extensive experience creating brand logos, album art, print graphics, merchandise designs, textile designs, silkscreen design, editorial designs, social media grfx, CD jacket designs, website design, video editing, on-set art direction and overall creative direction.