Hector Santiago comes from a family of artists. His mom and brother are also painters. Hector started drawing as a young child when he would see his abuelo doodling animals on paper. Soon there after, art became his passion. It continued through elementary, junior high, high school and eventually enrolling at the University of South Florida, where he achieved a BA in Fine Arts. He also has an AS in Commercial Art/Advertising from the Florida Metropolitan University in Tampa.
He has participated in various arts & craft shows. He has experimented with various forms of art including Acrylics, Water Colors, Spray Paint, & recently, Oils. He has extensive experience working with Digital Media using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Website Builder, & Video Editing. Professionally he has 15+ years experience as a Graphic Artist.
After nearly 30 years of living in the Tampa Bay community,
Hector has relocated to Austin, Texas.
In 2018, the San Diego Comic Con selected one of Hector's paintings to be displayed in their guide book.
See photos on right. You can also see a time lapse video of Hector painting Frankenstein in the
In 2018, 2 of Hector's paintings were selected to be displayed at Amelie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 2018-2019 season.
To the left is Hector with Lightning owner Jeff Vinik along with the 2 paintings selected. Hector wanted to incorporate the Lightning logo within the paintings.
In the first painting, Hector portrayed Frankenstein in a Lightning Hockey uniform as if he was part of the roster. Although difficult to see, the background has lightning bolts that glow in the dark. Please see below video.
In the second painting, Hector wanted to add the Lightning mascot, Thunderbug in a bus along with some doggie friends!