Published September 17, 2020
Susan Santiago, artist and owner of Galeria San Francisco became fascinated with the idea of living in Mexico over 25 years ago. After traveling each summer and visiting various parts of the country, she began scouting ideal locations for her eventual retirement spot. San Miguel de Allende became her destination of choice, and she moved here permanently after retiring from teaching art in Los Angeles.
Susan is a representational painter, working in acrylic, and her work is always related to the people and culture of this beautiful country. Her subject matter is primarily focused on the different generations of the Mexican people: their everyday lives, customs, and cultural activities. Dia de los Muertos became her favorite holiday in Mexico, after her first visit to the local graveyard where she was overwhelmed emotionally by the families celebrating their departed loved ones. She also loved seeing the flower vendors pedaling their wares on the streets and the joyous celebrations during this unique holiday with its colorful parades and costumes worn by the people of this city and throughout the country.
Her work can be seen at Galeria San Francisco in the FÁbrica La Aurora in San Miguel de Allende.