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.