Javier Salazar Rojas, known by the artist name Deported Artist, was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and brought to Oakland, California as a baby. He was raised in East Oakland, too young to understand that he did not have citizen papers. At 11 years old, his family took him on a trip to Mexico. When it was time to go home, Salazar was forced to hide from border patrol for hours but was found and deported. Days later, he successfully crossed and returned to family in East Oakland. At 24, Salazar was incarcerated in California for eleven years. During this time, he educated himself and learned to draw. Upon his release, he was deported to Tijuana where he resides today. Through all the hardships of his life, Salazar reflects on his struggles through his art.