Santiago has had a lifelong involvement in the arts, starting at the age of nine by working in his father's photography darkroom. In high school, he was introduced to the art of wooden bowl turning in a shop class. While attending San Antonio College, Santiago studied pottery with Harding Black at the Harding Black Studio in San Antonio, Texas. After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Santiago taught Printmaking at MCAD for 11 years. Santiago was also a Master Printer at Martin Graphic Studio, in Minneapolis, MN. Santiago received his MA from St. Cloud State University. Santiago left academia and spent 22 years as a manager and photo studio manager in the Graphic Arts industry, in Minneapolis. Santiago continues exploring the art of wooden bowl turning and photography at his home studio in Excelsior, Minnesota.
My Wood Source Policy
The sources of wood for my bowls are from trees felled for construction sites, trimmings for electrical service, storms and the like. To me this seems to be the environmentally correct thing to do.