April 15, 2024

Press Release

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Cesar Santos as Florida's Featured Artist for Hispanic Heritage Month

| 9/20/2021

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced contemporary artist, Cesar Santos, as Florida’s featured artist for this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated September 15th to October 15th. Mr. Santos’ artwork has received numerous accolades and been featured around the globe. 

“It is a privilege to recognize Cesar Santos as Florida’s featured artist for Hispanic Heritage Month,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “Cesar is a world-renowned Cuban-American artist, and his work has influenced the art created in our state and around the world. Like Cesar, there are thousands of Hispanic-American artists in our state who are using their influence to share the world around them and to help their communities. I encourage all Floridians to join me in celebrating Cesar and all of the Hispanic-American artists who live in Florida.”

About Cesar Santos

Cesar Santos is a Cuban-American contemporary artist, born in Santa Clara, Cuba, in 1982. Mr. Santos is known for his body of work he terms “Syncretism,” describing his presentation of two or more art tendencies in aesthetic balance.

Mr. Santos graduated from Miami-Dade College, after which he studied at Miami’s New World School of the Arts, and the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, and received the Hudson River Fellowship in New York. 

Mr. Santos’ work reflects both classical and modern interpretations juxtaposed within one painting, infusing harmony between the natural and the conceptual to create works that are provocative and dramatic. 

As the artist explains, “I am discovering a technique which at first glance might be confused with the known, since we are bombarded with historical and new technological forms to represent the visual world. I sense what calls my attention and translate it back onto the pages of my sketchbook, establishing what is actually given to the viewer.”

Among his numerous awards and honors, Mr. Santos received first place in a Metropolitan Museum of Art competition in 2010, and was honored in 2013 with a Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame Award in Visual Arts. He has been featured in solo shows, participated in group exhibitions and included in numerous publications worldwide, dating back to 2003. His work has been exhibited across the globe, from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sicily, to the Beijing Museum in China, to the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Florida. 

For more information on Florida’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, please visit: www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com.

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