Meet the artist

Gabe Santiago

Gabe Santiago

I’m an artist that focuses on drawings of people and abstract art. I use digital art programs for drawing, but I occasionally use paint and graphite. In many of my pieces explore themes of personal relationships and how they’re perceived by different people. An example of this is in two of my digital drawings where one figure has hair flowing down like water and the other is of a figure holding a bowl catching water. Separate from each other they have different themes but when paired together the message isn’t the same. The idea was to convey that while helping others with their problems is important it’s easy to get overwhelmed by them when you have your own. I also try to expand into other avenues that I’m interested in so that I can use what I’ve learned from them to improve my drawing skills.

For instance, when I worked with ceramics it challenged me to think about how my drawings may look not only three dimensionally but also what their textures might feel like. That taught me how I can take advantage of that to expand their initial ideas further. This is demonstrated by my sculpture, based off of the black and white painting near it. I used the textures of a dry white surface contrasted with a black shiny interior to make flaws more noticeable and convey thoughts of social anxiety that may not have been as clear in the painting.

These ideas were further explored in my drawings and how they could not only look and feel three dimensionally but also how senses like smell and hearing could be used to conjure certain scenes in people’s minds. I want to encourage people to use their imaginations and notice aspects of their daily lives and experiences. Being able to engage with my audiences’ imaginations is ultimately what influences me. By telling stories through strong visuals, such as expressions, lighting, and symbolism. I want my viewers to be able to piece together what the mood of a scene is or the emotions of a character without dialogue. Through this, I would like to explore themes of how our relationships with other people not only affect us but also how those relationships might be interpreted from another person’s perspective.


Gabe Santiago

Untitled (Paiting) 2015 Canvas, acrylic paint

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Untitled (Sculptor) 2019 Red clay, White and black glaze

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Untitled (Sculptor) 2019 Red clay, White and black glaze

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Untitled (Sculptor) 2019 Red clay, White and black glaze

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Untitled (Drawing) 2013 Tan paper, graphite, charcoal

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Untitled (Printmaking) 2018 Paper, ink (Red & Blue)

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Untitled (Photo) 2019 Camera (Digital), Printing ink (Color), Paper

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Untitled (Photo) 2019 Camera (Digital), Printing ink (Color), Paper

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Untitled (Digital drawing) 2019 Clip Studio Paint (Program), Printing Paper

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Untitled (Digital drawing) 2019 Clip Studio Paint (Program), Printing Paper

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Meet the artist

Gabe Santiago

Gabe Santiago

I’m an artist that focuses on drawings of people and abstract art. I use digital art programs for drawing, but I occasionally use paint and graphite. In many of my pieces explore themes of personal relationships and how they’re perceived by different people. An example of this is in two of my digital drawings where one figure has hair flowing down like water and the other is of a figure holding a bowl catching water. Separate from each other they have different themes but when paired together the message isn’t the same. The idea was to convey that while helping others with their problems is important it’s easy to get overwhelmed by them when you have your own. I also try to expand into other avenues that I’m interested in so that I can use what I’ve learned from them to improve my drawing skills.

For instance, when I worked with ceramics it challenged me to think about how my drawings may look not only three dimensionally but also what their textures might feel like. That taught me how I can take advantage of that to expand their initial ideas further. This is demonstrated by my sculpture, based off of the black and white painting near it. I used the textures of a dry white surface contrasted with a black shiny interior to make flaws more noticeable and convey thoughts of social anxiety that may not have been as clear in the painting.

These ideas were further explored in my drawings and how they could not only look and feel three dimensionally but also how senses like smell and hearing could be used to conjure certain scenes in people’s minds. I want to encourage people to use their imaginations and notice aspects of their daily lives and experiences. Being able to engage with my audiences’ imaginations is ultimately what influences me. By telling stories through strong visuals, such as expressions, lighting, and symbolism. I want my viewers to be able to piece together what the mood of a scene is or the emotions of a character without dialogue. Through this, I would like to explore themes of how our relationships with other people not only affect us but also how those relationships might be interpreted from another person’s perspective.