The luminous paintings of SANTONI Siegfried are saturated with rich colors that collide forcefully into each other, forging beauty as undeniable as that of a blood orange sunset or crashing wave. His paintings range from the semi-realistic to the fully abstract. In the former, the faint ghosts of cities and skeletal skylines seem trapped in a sort of radiant time warp or drowned in the murk of a risen sea. In the latter, a sense of light shines through a perfect balance of colors that should, by all rights, sear through each other in cacophonous fashion, but instead play off one another masterfully.
SANTONI paints primarily in acrylics, using a method of his own device called Fine Layer Acrylic that involves up to 150 layers of paint. SANTONI draws his inspiration from meditation and spirituality, as well as his love of sailing and the Mediterranean Sea. For SANTONI, meditation is a way to “download” his artwork. The idea is pulled from the ether and applied with a brush. It is, to him, a means of contacting the divine. Siegfried SANTONI studied at the Academy of Arts in Graz, Austria and was the official representative of Austria in the international cultural exchange in four solo exhibitions in museums in Mexico. His works have been displayed in more than 350 exhibitions throughout 14 nations.