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Born in Valencia, Spain in 1951, Santamans demonstrated at an early age that he was an artistic prodigy. He began his art studies under the tutelage of some of the most important painters in the region, and by the time he was fourteen he was working with the noted pastel artist Professore Benjamin Suria.
His formal training began at the prestigious Academy Barrera of Valencia, and continued in The School of Fine Arts at the Fuster Academy under Dr. Suria. In 1968, he met and began studying with painter Jose Espert, whom Santamans considers his true mentor. Together they formed the ‘Painters of Riberia’ which defined a new era of figurative painting in the region. They presented their first group exhibition in May 1969; before Santamans’ eighteenth birthday.
Though most of his early work was oil on canvas, he switched medium to pastels. The virtue of pastels is that the colors are almost transparent in their brilliance, and the degree of subtlety that they afford results in shadows of nuance is unachievable in other mediums. Extremely delicate by nature, there are both enormous technical and aesthetic challenges for the pastel artist to overcome.
His current work involves nudes and still-lifes. He works from life in his ‘natura morte’ paintings, and paints from natural light. Critics and viewers comment on how alive Santamans’ paintings seem. They possess a clarity that is three- dimensional- as if the objects could be lifted out of the canvas. His nudes are sensuous and seem lifelike. He achieves intense depth of color penetration, yet his work remains a delicate play of light and shadow.
Carlos Oviedo, was born on 1970 in Puebla, México.From the time Oviedo was a child he has taken many art workshops. After that he studied Graphic Design at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla. Oviedo continued studying in the United States for six years making his own investigation and been closely with the work of the great masters of the contemporary Art. They motivated and encouraged him to pursue his talent and further developing of his technique reaching a very high level.
After 13 years of career, Oviedo’s work belongs to important collections in various countries such as: México, USA, Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Greece, Dominican Republic etc. Oviedo’s work has been included in different International Auctions sharing space with the great masters of contemporary Art. Oviedo’s Technique, unlikely so many others artist, demonstrates excellent skills he has acquired seeking perfection in realism.
It takes many hours, years and big effort to get the level of the quality found on his work. This comes alongside him studying, making investigation to achieve this very perfection, pursuing moods and atmospheres that he is comfortable and in love with.
“The search for beauty and perfection on his soul it will take him to the path that will never ends…”