“Diosa de los Colores”.
Although the artist is local, the muse is not.
Rene de los Santos’ well of inspiration runs deep, and harkens back to a mysterious and profound place existing before time and space—the spark of creation and the beginning of life.
The Washington Heights artist firmly believes that since women give, they are God, Goddess, the Creator, or whatever you want to call her.
His works are an homage to the creative life force delivered by the eternal feminine.
Born in the Dominican Republic, de los Santos is a self-taught artist.
His canvasses reveal a masterful command of color, and his bold work grabs the viewer straightaway, with mesmerizing effect.
His works abound with religious and mythological imagery—chakra symbols, third eyes and astrological glyphs.
The eye is especially significant for de los Santos.
As a child, his father told him that someone was always watching over him—noticing every deed and weighing it on some kind of cosmic scale of good and bad.
But for the artist, the eye represents a benevolent female creator who gazes down from above with love.
De los Santos returns the love wholeheartedly.
For him, women are the center of creation—and the source of life itself.
“I believe every single woman is beautiful,” he said.
Rene de los Santos’s show, Presencia Eterna, is on display until January at Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez’s office at 618 W. 177th St. (at Wadsworth Ave.).
For more information, please call 917.521.2616.