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Santiago Cruz was born in Panamá and raised between the U.S and the isthmus. He was fortunate to study at a rigorous atelier in Florence, Italy. One of only 60 students at the Angel Academy of Art, he also took courses in the chiaroscuro style, exemplified by Caravaggio, and the art of Fresco Vero painting taught by the same head restorers entrusted in preserving the city's major frescoes. After 3 years with Angel and two commissions by historic Florentine churches, Santiago moved to Delhi, India to paint for a year unencumbered. 2008/2009 brought him to Dubai and with it a Hewlett Packard commission. After half a year in Dubai, he left the Emirates and returned to Asia. This time Thailand for a year, refueling his need for luscious colorspace and greater mobility. In 2010 participation in the 1st International Fair of Contemporary Art at Panama's Contemporary museum led to two solo shows in 2010 and 2014 with the DGAG Contemporary Gallery in Panamá. Those exhibitions allowed him to set up a studio in Berlin, Germany for four years and represented Panamas' Berlin embassy in a group show in 2015. He has participated in several group shows between Panama and Berlin since. This year he had his first exhibition in Mexico, at LA303 in Fabrica la Aurora. He's currently doing an Art Resdiency producing new paintings at the beautiful Studio Caracol in San Miguel de Allende and invites you to visit.