26 year-old Douglas Alves is living the American dream. Self taught, Alves was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil where in 2000 he began his career working at different ad agencies. In 2005, he made the decision to become a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. Then, in 2007, Alves was offered the opportunity to move to Santa Monica, California to work on his portfolio he calls Nacionale.
Alves has stated that he truly loves what he is doing. He's also shared that Nacionale is where he can show what he believes in the most. “Nacionale is where I can keep dreaming even while awake,” he has said.