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Art Buff: John Santomieri

Where are you from originally? 
I’m a Niagara County boy.
What is your medium? 
I use oil paints and mediums including acrylics, sprays, charcoal, wax and egg washes in my work.
How has Buffalo influenced your work? 
Buffalo is a significant force. I’m constantly influenced by context and urban dynamics living in the city. The romance of architectural and material preservation, use and decay is a heavy visual source for my work as well as the trees and green-spaces. Most of what I paint I find here.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? 
My art is conceptual. I find its roots in everything.


Name an artist (or more) that most inspires you? 
Magda Cordell and John McHale, Frida, Niki de Saint Phalle, Clyfford Still, Wolfgang Laib, Cindy Sherman, Robert Adams, Martin Puryear, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Cai Guo-Qiang, William Maggio
What is your preferred subject matter? 
Typically I reference concepts that compose our environment or how we understand it; philosophies of perspective and time, ‘abstract’ history, physical systems and growth ratios, plant biology. My current series illustrates clonal identities.
What is another medium that you would like to learn?
I’d like to learn to cast although I’m sure it will get me into trouble.
Is there a purpose to your artwork? 
To create exchange.


How often do you work on your art? 
Every day.
What or who first prompted you to venture into the art world? 
Kids in my kindergarten who needed things drawn and made requests.
Where is your current/next show in the city? Dates? Opening night?
Next is Echo Art Fair July 7, 8 at the Larkin Complex. Then in ‘Organismic’, an emerging and contemporary artist show at the Benjaman Gallery in August.
What’s your favorite movie? 
Anything Miyazaki.


What’s your favorite restaurant in Buffalo? 
I couldn’t say with too many delicious choices. But I love Chuck’s!
What’s the best thing about being an artist? 
Being encouraged to think outside the box.
What’s the worst thing about being an artist? 
Thinking outside the box.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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