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Santiago II

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My name is Santiago II Aguirre Meléndez. I was born in 1970 in Saltillo, Mexico, a small city in which my mother, my three siblings and I grew up.

Since I was a boy, I’ve always enjoyed any and all kinds of art. Although in a shy manner, drawing and painting have always been present in my life.

In 1977, after the passing of my father, my mother began working at the city public library. She would take me with her every day to that ‘foreign’ place that would introduce me to the world of art. During my walks in the building, I started noticing that there were not only books whose pages contained letters, but also books with images in them. Day to day I sought to find those magical books with illustrations that made my imagination bounce off the walls. I would observe paintings carefully, looking for the details that made them unique, wondering how they were done and dreaming about making them one day.

As I grew older, I also grew in my understanding that art is a limitless form of expression. When we are born, the first thing we see are colors, shapes, textures, and symmetry. With the passing of time, our visual tastes are developed.

For 43 years, I suppressed the art that, so ardently, wished to be born from within me. I dedicated my time to living, seeing, traveling, raising my two children, and getting to know my dreams.

Then one day it happened. I finally accepted and embraced that art was coming out of my pores and that my art wasn’t shy anymore but passionate and energetic. As professionally as an amateur artist could aspire to be, that day I decided to be an ARTIST. I took art courses, painting courses and studied Caravaggio and Rembrandt among other great contemporary artists; all the while creating art pieces that helped satisfy my hunger and drive to paint. Not only did I attend various art exhibitions, I was even accepted to exhibited my work at the Dallas Museum of Art and Latino Cultural Center of Dallas.

I now live in the United States, a country that has inspired me to keep feeding my desires to paint and to express what I see and what I am. With hours of work, sacrifices and passion, each one of my paintings has a different story. In my quenchless desire, I continue travelling this world in which I get to tell stories with paintbrushes, color, and a lot of heart.

I do hope you enjoy my work. Each piece is an expression, a story, a release and a quenchless desire to create paintings.

Santiago II

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  • Indonesian Beauty – Santiago II


    Indonesian Beauty

    Framed 49.5 X 37.5”

    Oil on Canvas

    “To me, exotic birds are extraordinary creatures. This bird is a Wreathed Hornbill, an ‘Indonesian Beauty’.”

  • What the Flow? – Santiago II


    What the Flow?

    Oil on Wood panel

    Gallery Wrap 12 X 9”

    “This piece is meant to raise awareness of the environment in a surreal way.”

  • Successful Hunt – Santiago II


    Successful Hunt

    Framed 20 X 16”

    Oil on canvas

    “My friend Daniel, a professional photographer, took an amazing picture of this beautiful bird with its prey.  He works hard for the preservation of wildlife.  His picture really inspired me to paint it.”

  • Tree of Life – Santiago II


    Tree of Life

    Gallery Wrap 60 x 36″

    Oil on canvas

    Farewells in life are inevitable, and mostly necessary. As one is on a journey of self-discovery.

  • Still Life – Santiago II


    Still Life

    Framed 39.5 X 27.5”

    Oil on Canvas

    “A great artist (Edouard Monet) once said “Still life is the touchstone of painting. I live by that statement. In creating this piece, I wanted to take a classic approach with a modern twist and push the boundaries of the Still Life genre.”

  • Beware – Santiago II


    Beware – Santiago II

    Gallery Wrap 48 X 36″

    Oil on canvas

    Beauty at its finest lives in and within this traditional horned dear that is depicted in a cold and surreal setting.

  • Lucian Freud’s Studio – Santiago II


    Lucian Freud’s Studio

    Gallery Wrap 30 X 48″

    Oil on canvas

    “This piece was created by my inner-Freud to highlight what it means to contrast lighting and shadows with dimensions and depth.”

  • Rhino – Santiago II



    Gallery Wrap 36  X 48′

    Oil on canvas

    “Accepting where humankind has fallen short is crucial to the existence of future generations. The horn represents that. An astonishing animal such as the Rhino with half of his artillery missing is a prime example of human greed. We must step up to the plate and be the change we want to see.”

  • Cold Fire – Santiago II


    Cold Fire

    Framed 52.5 X 34.5”

    Oil on canvas

    “An abstract painting that depicts the cool and warm colors of a fictitious universe that I have created and navigated in my owns dreams, thoughts and nightmares. In this is a far-away planet that lives only in my mind and now on this canvas.”

  • Nostalgia – Santiago II



    Gallery Wrap 20 X 20”

    Oil on canvas

    “Never underestimate anyone, especially a woman. The strength of a woman is not measured by physique. It is that will-power that is unmatchable in situations of hardship.”

  • Thorns – Santiago II



    Gallery Wrap 36 X 12”

    Oil on canvas

    “The forces of good and evil coexist next to each other. This painting was created to evoke emotion within myself. To have me ponder on black and white. The beauty of the pigeon and the dangers of the thorns side by side represent the obstacles life challenges us with on a daily basis.”

  • Jellyfish – Santiago II



    Gallery Wrap 36 X 12”

    Oil on canvas

    “Jellyfish are mystical creatures. Beautiful to admire from afar but dangerous enough to harm if too close. Divine and misunderstood, animal.”