Santiago, American (1943 - 2001)
Ramón Santiago is a private man who shys away from attention. He is characterized as a "painters painter." His mastery of pen, pencil, pastel and brush explodes with exciting new images. His style? It's unmistakably Santiago. Fresh. Original. Sensitive with dramatic fantasy. Santiago generates elegant images of beautiful women and odd human-like creatures masterfully. Through his color, line and form he delivers fascinating and enigmatic visions.
Like a magician creates illusions, Ramón Santiago creates his own magical vision through his art. Both the artist and the magician find true inspiration in their imagination where reality and dream unite to create a world both familiar and exotic.
"My paintings are what dreams are made of," says Santiago.
Ramón Santiago was born September 4, 1943 in Rochester, New York. He began painting in 1961 while attending Mt. San Antonio College in California. Two years later he returned to Rochester to study art at Rochester Institute of Technology. He served with the United States Marine Corps from 1965-68. After his discharge from the service, Santiago's professional art career began.
Audiences have been drawn to Santiago's unmistakable vision, a figurative style with dramatic fantasy. Elegant portrayals of beautiful women, odd human-like creatures, symbolism, color and recurrent themes create his haunting and enigmatic images. Influenced by Chagall, Dali, Picasso, Pascin and Modigliani, Santiago prefers to work in mixed media and oil on canvas.
Over the past 30 years, Santiago has actively exhibited his work in galleries and museums, both nationally and internationally.
Museum Collections: New York university. New York. New York
Carnegie Mellon Collection. Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania
Memorial Art Gallery. Rochester New York
Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. Springfield. Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art, Palermo. Italy
Hyerson Poly technical Institute. Toronto. Canada
Museum of Art, Auburn. New York
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. Auburn. New York '
Museum of Art. Fort Lauderdale. Florida