Lidia Santana is considered a visionary in different art forms. She was born and raised in New York City. At a very young age her parents exposed her to the streets where fashion, film, art and music were heavily influential. Her favorite subjects in her early school days were music and art.
She graduated from Five Towns College in 2001 as a Jazz Commercial Performer. She has performed in various schools, weddings, orchestra pits and holiday functions. Although she spent most of years being a musician she has recently developed a passion for painting and photography.
In 2014, she participated in her first group exhibition at the E Gallery in Brooklyn where her self portraits were featured, dubbed the selfie queen and a modern day Frida Khalo. There is an art to her photography work.
Towards the end of 2014 she decided to expand her visual artistry by becoming a painter and from there she has participated in several group show throughout New York City.
What are five hashtags that describe your work?
#LadyConLocs #HouseOfWarhol #SancochoArtist #NYCARTIST #UMXS
What is your artist origin story?
Born and raised in New York city. My home consisted of art from modeling, music, photography and film. I was a visionary at a very young age. All the schools I attended provided classes in art and music, and I did very well in both subjects. Over excelled on creative assignments. To this day my ideas start out as a general concept then become a lot more.
What is your favorite medium right now and why do you love it?
My space and medium is my favorite place in the world. It is where most of my ideas are put to work which is why I call it “The Factory.” I have been inspired by the original factory owner Andy Warhol. He was involved with different types of mediums. Each and every medium was impactful. My goals in the art industry is to be just that, impactful.
What is on the horizon for your work in the next year?
My goal is to make my mark in the art world.
There have been many trials and tribulations that have occurred throughout this process. It’s all part of it. The work and efforts are fun to me. Hopeful that it will make it into art institutions through out the world.
My first solo art exhibition will be taking place on the 24th of June.
UMXS ARTS™ Presents Lady Con Locs’ Solo Art Exhibition.
Curated by Renowned Graffiti Artist Kacer-171
The Westchester Square Art Center
2616 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
How has being in Bushwick influenced your work?
It’s really nice to know that there is a place for artists to be totally immersed in their work and be able to share it with the public.
What Bushwick artists do you admire and why?
I admire Juan Miguel Palacios Lopez’s work. I had the pleasure of visiting Bushwick Open Studios last year. My cousin who was the last person I expected this invitation from put me on to the advertisement. His work was something I’ve never seen or knew what was quite possible to do.
Tell us your most memorable exchange during Bushwick Open Studios.
The overall environment was like something I imagine my life to be in. Surrounded by creativity and culture. The studios were set up nicely and displayed fantastic work. I’m humbled to be considered for House Of Yes.
If a movie is made about your life, who would play you?
I don’t know who but I’m sure if I had the time I can find her. She has too be eccentric and naturally beautiful.
If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Andy Warhol and John Waters. They play a very big role in who I am today.
In a parallel universe, if you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would you be doing?
Sitting at home watching tv
You can learn more about Lidia Santana here.