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On my knees in Pacific Beach, California

Next time you are in Pacific Beach you may want to stop by Isabel’s Cantina. Not only will you have the opportunity to view my latest piece but you will also be treated just right. Great food, tasty food and great service. Because the piece was created during regular business hours and the restaurant patrons were present, I was restricted from using aerosol due to the fumes. I used all acrylic paints to make this one. As most of you know line art with brush is much slower than using […]

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Catracholandia is headed to Medellin, Colombia

Test Screener: Catracholandia Join us as Santos test screens his first film. Museum of Modern Art Medellin, Colombia May 23 Producer: Santos Leonel Orellana Paz Directors: Peter Levermann and Santos Leonel Orellana Paz Executive Producer: Santos Leonel Orellana Paz Music By: Bang Data Narrated By: Santos Leonel Orellana Paz CATRACHOLANDIA is an intimate, raw, and emotional documentary following an immigrant artist returning to his country of origin, Honduras, to paint murals for orphanages.  This minimalistic road trip takes us to a land ruled by greedy cartels where most children are […]

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Santos achieves personal milestone with new La Jolla gallery

By Jared Whitlock. Santos Orellana can cross off a big item on his bucket list: having a gallery in La Jolla. Santos for years had longed to open a gallery there, and in 2013, he aimed to move into the very same spot. But in the end, the economics didn’t pencil out. “From a business and artistic standpoint, I realize now that I wasn’t ready for it,” Santos said. That was then. In three years, his ambition and standing in the arts community have grown by leaps and bounds. Take […]

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Santos finds solace in Carlsbad warehouse

By Jared Whitlock A 12,000-square foot warehouse might seem like a lot of space for one artist. Santos Orellana, however, thinks big. Paintings, custom furniture, sculptures, murals, apparel and more cover his Carlsbad warehouse. The ambitious space has its roots in humbling beginnings. In 2007, Santos got his start as an artist at the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, sharing a 300-square-foot studio. As his career progressed, he graduated to larger spots over the years.  When Santos moved into the warehouse a few years ago, he finally had […]

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‘At 74 Beats Per Minute’ collection grapples with time paradox

By Jared Whitlock. Slowing down to speed up — that’s Santos Orellana’s paradoxical goal, which he explores in his latest collection “At 74 Beats Per Minute.” Santos explained that as his career becomes more demanding, it’s getting tougher and tougher to appreciate what’s important to him. So he’s now intent on slowing down and going at his own pace, bringing clarity, efficiency and thus greater productivity to challenges awaiting him — as counterintuitive as that may seem. The mindset also lends itself to a zest for life. “It’s the struggle […]

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A time to look back

By Santos Orellana. It has been such a fast ride as of late that I have not even had the time to reflect on what I pulled off back in October of 2014… The Lost And Found Exhibit. The project consisted in turning a 25,000 square foot warehouse into a one night art show event. So naturally I proposed to paint a mural that extended the entire length of the space… 25×175 feet. I also added that I could bring in my entire catalog to decorate the entire space. I […]

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