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Meet Jonathan Santoyo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Santoyo.

Jonathan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
How I started… the journey has definitely been a long one hahaha I started drawing around the age of 10. My oldest memories that sparked the flame for me to draw had to be, seeing my stepfather tattoo his brothers and himself to practice tattooing. I am remembering thinking it was the coolest thing to slap some art on someone’s skin and it inspired me to start drawing instantly. It’s funny looking back at how I got into my creative flow because over time my style of drawing has changed so much.

In my teenage years, I was into nothing but lettering and graffiti, and now I’m into Sacred Art (Who knows what ill be drawing next, but maybe I’ll try blending the two styles :)) I didn’t think much about what to do with my art and would just draw in the privacy of my home until about three years back. I realized the potential I had through the help of close friends who truly believed in what I had and who pushed me to put my art out in the world.

Sometimes a little push helps hahaha! A little over a year ago, I decided to enter a group exhibition at the House of Blues in Downtown held by RAW Artist. During the show, I connected with other local artists who helped shape my path and who helped me see my dreams more clearly. At this point I knew I wanted to continue drawing, mastering my craft and go bigger.

Around April 2018, I remember seeing a post on Instagram from one of the artists who came to the House of Blues show, that said they were looking for an artist to help paint the beautiful space which is now Soulflow Studio in North Park, and I quickly jumped at the opportunity. Shoutout to Erin Bowman, because at this point I had never done a Sacred Geometry Mural, but she believed in my vision and myself.

Thank you, you gave me the confidence I needed to further push myself and to keep growing as an artist. Since this experience, I’ve painted a utility box in North Park and a Mural at Totem Boutique over at Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla. I’m still fairly new to the art scene but I’m growing by second! hahaha

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s always been obstacles throughout my journey, some big, some small, but all have shaped me to where I am now. One of the biggest struggles was overcoming my lack of self-confidence. I didn’t believe in myself at first and that even made me stop drawing for a while.

A small struggle was finding ways to put my art out in the art scene, like looking for places that will hang my art, or for gallery shows and even looking for mural opportunities was a challenge.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a Sacred Geometry Artist, I specialize in creating geometric patterns, symbols, and mandalas through Sacred Geometry techniques and practices. I do everything by hand, using a compass, ruler, pens, pencils, and paints.

I am most proud of my murals, I’ve done three so far, and on each one, I’ve learned so much.

I think what sets me apart from others and what I am known for is my use of stippling, on my most recent mural I easily drew at least half a millions of dots on a wall hahaha!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think the characteristic that is most important to my success is that I do everything by hand, I love seeing Tibetan Monks who map out and create their Sand Mandalas using Sacred Geometry tools, and I would love to continue Tradition and style of craftsmanship.

Contact Info:

  • Email: jonathansantoyoart@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @jonathansantoyoart


Image Credit:

Katy Veauux

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