Santa Maria twins started their artistic career in their hometown in
Peru at the early age of 7 after winning both 1st and 2nd
place at the annual contest of the Jose Sabogal School of Fine Arts.
In subsequent years, they continued to capture the top two
spots until the age of 13, when the renowned portrait artist Ismael Santa
Maria took them as disciples. Ismael only took 3 disciples in his
They exhibited their work in numerous events
while searching for a style that would define them.
In 1981 they migrated to the United States where new and
exciting doors opened. Initially, as they worked together doing
re-creations of the Masters, they discovered that the work started by
one of the twins, could be best finished by the other one. In the end,
an astonishing new trend appeared in their work: All the paintings the
Santa Marias do are a joint collaboration between both.
It is as though one complements what the other one does. It is
an amazing thing, but what one does not see, the other one sees. The
result of this peculiar partnership is two artists doing a single work
of art where both play a unique role. Thatís what is so different
about the twins.
Their style is a reflection of the many places
they have visited throughout the years, including Italy, France,
England, Tahiti, and several Latin American countries. Their works of
art are proudly displayed in both public and private collections
throughout the world.
Some of the places where they have exhibited in
the United Stated include the Blue House Gallery and the Holland Art
Gallery in Texas; the Anastasia Gallery and the Tomsich Fine Art
Galley in St. Louis, Missouri.
Their work has appeared on numerous magazines and publications such as Art News, Robb Report, Beckett Baseball, and Beckett Sports Heroes Tribute to Emmitt Smith.
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