Thursday
Jan052012

Feature in Retro Lovely Magazine

Special thanks to Michael, Desi, & Edson for considering my work to be the first modern pinup artist featured in their magazine RETRO LOVELY (Jan 2012) also featuring Playboy's playmate of the year 2011 Claire Sinclaire on the cover and centerfold. Thanks guys.

Tuesday
Jan032012

A year in portraits.

A look into 90% of the portraits commissions  made for my clients through 2011. Happy New Year.

Featuring

Ana, Fadila, Yoli, Samara, Jane, Alyson, Sivan, Jennifer, Christina, Jane, Miss Feeny, Lucia, Ana, Jae, Carmen, Zoila, Elda, Tush, Bebe, Lola, Ela Family, Kelin, Tina, Shownine, Jessica, Vintage Vandalizm, Tessa, Jamie Principle, Frankie Knuckles, Eric Kupper, Betty Chantel, Brittany Kaye, Tonya Thomas, Carmen B, Tabatha, Michelle, Chena, Anki, Charlotte, Miranda, Lauren, Samantha, Nicole, Myrna, Lily, Marilyn, Boos Bakes, Charity, Delancie, Sol, Rene, Brooklyn, & Melanie.

 

 

Friday
Dec232011

New! Art of Santiago Phone skins.

Stand out from the crowd with your personalized limited edition Gelaskin* iPhone protective skin featuring the work of Santiago in stunning, vivid graphics. Removable covers for protecting and customizing your device. Skins are reposition-able and removal is clean without leaving any residue on your device. FInd them HERE.

For iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

This month's skins:

"My Wicked Valentine" 
"Prehistoric Pinup Pussycat" 
*Night of the Loving Dead"

Preorders for delivery early January 2012 
Free shipping

*please inquire about skins for Droids and other non Apple devices.

 

 

Sunday
Dec112011

Portrait for Charity from Rochester, New York

Work in progress.

Sunday
Dec112011

Vintage inspired portrait for Connie from The Bronx NYC.

This is Connie who commissioned me early on. Her only request was to have the tattoo of her 2 children on her arm.

Sunday
Dec112011

Lilly Bee Pinup

I was commissioned recently by one of my fans to come up with a design and illustration for her business. She wanted a sexy bumble bee complete with antenna and stinger basing it on an old pinup illustration called "Spilled Ink" by Joyce Ballentyne. It's a classic pinup art piece of a sexy pinup is creating art, yet having an "oopsy" moment and spilling ink. My client also loved the reinterpretation I used of great pinup master Enoch Bolles style of faces. She also requested a boombox with the Lilly Bee c haracter jamming out to it. Here is the end result.

Friday
Nov252011

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

TODAY November 25th 2011! One day sale. Up to 40% off artworks, portrait commission packages, & more.

USE PROMO CODE : 91V91P
Visit http://riceandbeanz.bigcartel.com/

Tuesday
Nov082011

Interview for Noche Latina

Noche Latina is a New York City guide to Latin nightlife and entertainment. Creating art for many events around the city, it was only natural to link up with Noche Latina for a little Q&A. Special thanks to Stephanie & Michelle.

Read the full intervie >>HERE<<

 

Monday
Nov072011

"I LOVE THE ART of SANTIAGO"

I've been blessed with the best supporters from all over the world. Here are a few shots of the lovely and talented friend and designer out of Belgium, Fadila Aalouchi. Thanks for the support since day one.

You can purchase sketchbooks, prints and notebooks you see in the photos >>>HERE<<<

 

 

Friday
Oct142011

Do it badly!

Here s an old school mini article I never posted. It from a Indigenous/ Native American magazine from October 2006. Ughh. I get so freakin' embarrassed reading any interview I take part in . I am super thankful for the attention but since I can't fake shit talkers, yet I feel like I am a  fake shit talker when reading these. Anyway this piece inspired by the lovely Tanya V was what really helped me find my direction as a pin up artist. I was starting to get back into painting again after almost 10 years of barely making a thing. Perfectionism, self critical sabotage will warp your mind body and soul. I stopped making art a few times because I thought I was never good enough. (the life long battle many of us share) But as I have slowly learned, If you love what you do,  Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.  I constantly hear from my fans wanting to see the "old Santiago" the wild cubistic painterly works again. (Trust me, you are about to be blown away by my upcoming works) but I had to take a detour for a few years and learn to make art because I love it, even if it comes out "badly" or not to certain standards. Letting go of unrealistic expectations has in the end made me 10 times more productive. Olus that :shitness I was afraid of was actually another style in me that was yearning to burst out, yet I surpressed it becuasr it did not fit the mold I saw in my head. It was better...

If it is worth doing, its worth doing shittily. Better shitty then not at all. Enough of my rambling.

Click image for detail.

Saturday
Oct082011

Portrait for Lily from Miami, Florida.

Saturday
Oct082011

"Diamonds are Forever" pin-up portrait for Lauren Renee from NYC.

Saturday
Oct082011

Sketch & Scribbling notebooks. 

Need a little spark in your creativity? I present to you my own little line of blank sketch and writing notebooks. The perfect creative outlet for poets, writers, artists, musicians & students. More info can be found right HERE.

 

Saturday
Oct082011

Portrait of Nicole on her 1965 Lincoln Convertible

 

Alternate

detail

 

Saturday
Oct082011

Spiritually native pin-up portrait for Myrna from Puerto Rico.

Saturday
Oct082011

Portrait for Anki of Sweden. 

Saturday
Oct082011

Portrait for Chena from Texas.

She commissioned me to create a pin up piece that was sexy yet reminded her of how much she is loved. She also requested the shocking color combination of pinks and lime greens. Here is what I came up with. :)

black and white

detail

Saturday
Oct082011

Portrait for the lovely Miss Michelle Du-Saire from the Bronx.

Saturday
Oct082011

Pin-up portrait for New Jersey beauty, Tabatha R. 

Saturday
Oct082011

Portrait for Brittany Kaye from California