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|Roseta Santiago was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She began her artistic career as an exhibit and graphic designer. In 1976 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she expanded her design business to include theme restaurant and nightclub design/build and marketing. She soon enjoyed a successful career that included travel throughout the U.S., Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico.
In 1994, Bass Pro Stores retained Santiago, a self-taught artist, to paint the wildlife murals for their stores. After completing 30 stores, she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and established a home and studio. Her lifetime dream to paint her vision in oil paintings became a reality.
“I am fascinated by beauty, illusion, and the unknown . . . the people and their artifacts . . . it is what inspires me,” says Santiago. She expresses her thoughts and reality in “paint language,” a term that gave rise to the title of her book, Conversations in Paint Language. Her work is influenced by Hovsep Pushman, Emil Carlsen, and John Singer Sargent, and her resulting style is both representational and impressionistic. She believes each subject deserves its own voice in its execution.
Santiago’s work is recognized and collected internationally, and is installed in the permanent collections of the Tucson Museum of Art and the Booth Museum. She has exhibited at the Eiteljorg Museum of Western & Indian Art in Indianapolis, the Booth Museum in Georgia, the Desert Caballeros Museum in Arizona, and most recently at the prestigious Autry’s Masters of the American West in Los Angeles and the Prix de West Invitational in Oklahoma City.
She paints every day.
Roseta Santiago is represented by King Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Scottsdale, Arizona; and Parsons Gallery of the West, Taos, New Mexico.