Santiago, Roseta – “Santa Fe Day”, Oil on Panel (18″ x 18″)
Roseta Santiago is known for her dynamic realistic paintings. This painting is entitled, “Santa Fe Day“. It is an oil on panel. The painting depicts a group of Native Americans at the Santa Fe train station. There is wonderful detail and coloration in the blankets. Did you notice there are three figures in the painting. Look closer and you will see the one in the entryway! The piece is signed, “Santiago”.
Roseta said of this painting:
“When I paint Native Americans, I paint them moving forward. This painting is rich in color with the Navajo weavings and blankets. The Santa Fe Railroad logo is in the background. My father did his first Santa Fe Railroad crossing with Harry Truman as his chef. I saw the boxcar with the logo in Santa Fe and it inspired me to put it into my 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.