Tony Santoyo – Penland, NC
Tony Santoyo is a painter, papermaker, and ceramicist from St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his BA in Studio Arts with minors in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Minnesota in 2018. Tony is a Mexican-American that comes from immigrant parents and draws from this experience his own identity and environment; his place in the world, his sense of belonging and acceptance. He explores overlapping layers, geometric forms and compositions using a self-intuitive process that contrasts decoration and abstraction. Much influenced by his Mexican culture, he overlays his experiences using color and shape. Defined by living between and within two cultures, Tony aims to build a sense of self-pride in his work by sharing a comfort with the duality of his identity.