Derrick Cruz is a contemporary jewelry designer, artist and educator working in New York City. Under the influence of myth and personal narrative, Cruz's works filter aesthetic traditions through the zeitgeist emerging as contemporary tools for contemplation with heirloom qualities.

Cruz was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on the island of Puerto Rico. He works in Manhattan and is a faculty member at Parson’s New School for Design. 

Cruz is the recipient of several international honors including the GEN ART Styles Design Vision Award for Accessories and the Icarus Excellence in Painting Award. Cruz’s work has been featured at New York's Munch Gallery, The Museum of Art and Design, Spring Gallery of Brooklyn, Earnest Sewn New York Exhibitions, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Capsule New York, as well as in Tribeca Grand Art Exhibitions,  and Barneys New York. His work has also been included in numerous publications the likes of Time Magazine,The New York Times (commissioned to create the “T” logo for T Style), Interview, GQ, New York Magazine, Tokion, Vman, Zink, Elle, W, Clear, WWD, Purple, Rolling Stone, and many others.