Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa - Beaded Portrait
2017, Glass beads, fabric, 11 x 9 x 1 in.
Aguas Magicas - Beaded Deer Skull
2020, Glass beads, 24k gold beads, acrylic, natural cotton, thread, 15 x 13 x 5 in.
Lys Santamaria is best known for her labor-intensive portraits that transform thousands of tiny beads into expressive and colorful mosaics. Santamaria believes that artwork can heal the artist, the viewer and the world. Her work is focused on shedding light on people, events and experiences that are often underrepresented. Santamaria's work was most recently showcased at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport and is part of the permanent collection at Mexic-Arte Museum. Santamaria is a recent graduate of the nationally recognized Artist, INC art business program, and was featured on Good Morning America on ABC. Born in Colombia and raised in Canada/USA, she now lives and works from her home studio in Austin, Texas.