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 Shops retained Santiago, a self-taught artist, to paint the wildlife murals for their stores. After completion of 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,” she says.
Santiago 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, with her resulting style both representational and impressionistic. She believes each subject deserves its own voice in its execution.
Santiago’s work is recognized and collected internationally. She has successfully exhibited at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, and the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona, and is installed in the permanent collections of the Booth Museum and the Tucson Museum of Art.