January 12 - January 30, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Leonardo Santamaria was born with a twin brother in Quezon City, Philippines. At a young age, he and his family immigrated to New Jersey. Soon after, they moved to Orange County, California where he eventually made his way to study at ArtCenter College of Design. He now lives and works in Los Angeles.
His paintings are influenced by 1990's anime, 2000's emo, and this decade's political discourse. When out of the studio, he spends his time with his friends enjoying tabletop games, healing his team as Moira in Overwatch, and drinking copious amounts of room-temperature water. Unfortunately, he and his twin do not share psychic abilities.
Draws out the daydreams, the longings. Inspired by the nostalgic culture of Japan, stories, music, fashion, and nature, Shoko Ishida strives to create works that sparks a story. The coffee and tea enthusiast creates her mixed media works in the studio with her golden retriever sleeping by the desk.