Santiago, Roseta – “Elusive Memory”, Oil on Panel, (18″ x 14″)
Roseta Santiago is known for her dynamic realistic paintings. This painting is entitled, “Elusive Memory“. It is an oil on panel and Roseta said of this piece, “This model, Kioka, is in front of dolls, kimonos, and dreams about her life as a geisha. This is about modern life and the historic, cultural past.” The piece is signed, “Santiago”.
Roseta said of this current show:
“This is a retrospective of all my favorite subjects. Wanted to see if I Had improved over time. That’s why it is called “journey”. Roseta Santiago
“Journey is a testament to Santiago’s commitment to her own growth as an artist and to her honoring historic and contemporary Native American People and their art”. Western Art Collector Magazine
History reverberates in each of her paintings. Roseta Says of her art:
“The things that inspire me are the historical artifacts, historical people. My models are people with whom I spend time and who have something to reveal. It’s always about inner beauty. It’s mainly the interior of a person or thing. I can almost experience a pot being made when I paint it. I just see what the potter went through.”
She is best known for her luminous still life and figurative paintings of Native peoples and artifacts portrayed with dramatic lighting, Santiago is a master at chiaroscuro. She uses mostly living models, although a few historic people taken from photographs weave their way into her art. She says one of her goals is to honor Native American culture through her portrayals in her art.