Santiago, Roseta – “Lost and Found”, Oil on Panel, (30″ x 30″)
This painting by Roseta Santiago is entitled, “Lost and Found“. It is an oil on canvas. Roseta said of this painting:
“This painting is more than just a man finding his lost horse. The man is Daryl, one of my most often used models, and he is from Taos. He is dressed in a traditional Taos style and he has found his pony that wandered away. To me, this painting is symbolic of our journey during the year of COVID. It has been an evolution of life. We hav lost much, and yet found unexpected new aspects to our lives. In our own way we have each had to find our own way through unexpected circumstances and experiences.”
Roseta Santiago is known for her dynamic realistic paintings. 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.