Roseta Santiago was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she studied graphic design and advertising. In 1976 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and then to Miami, Florida, spending twenty-four years designing, installing, and building themed public spaces. She was also contracted to paint murals in twenty-three Bass Pro Shops’ premier sporting goods stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. In 2000, after moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santiago realized her dream of becoming a fine art painter. Self-taught, she paints every day.
Mystery and light engulf the unique Western and Asian artifacts that are the subjects of her early body of work. She paints the beauty and integrity surrounding each of her subjects—usually objects that have been made by hand with primitive tools and resources—and is a master storyteller about the images she paints. Her current body of work expresses feelings and stories about the people who made these objects. “Traditional peoples are fascinating to me; their beliefs, regalia, ceremonies, and day-to-day life.”
Recognized and collected internationally, Santiago’s work may be found in the permanent collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, the Booth Museum of Western Art, and many private collections. She has successfully exhibited for nine years at the Eiteljorg’s Quest for the West Art Show and Sale; the Taos Museum–Fechin House in Taos, New Mexico; the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s Cowgirl Up! show; the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and Settlers West’s American Miniatures exhibition.
Santiago is a featured artist the recently released book Western Art of the Twenty-first Century: Native Americans by E. Ashley Rooney. Her book Conversations in Paint Language: The Art of Roseta Santiago is available through her website: rosetasantiago.com.
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