ARTIST BIO

 Photograph by Michelle Doherty

Photograph by Michelle Doherty

Karen Santos is a Vancouver-based Mexican artist who has been devoted to the arts and to painting since she was four years old. She began her artistic training at an early age under the close tutelage of her mother, an avid painter, art teacher, and art psychologist herself. Karen continued her studies with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia. She subsequently completed a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

With this background, Karen's work is inspired by the relationship between art, music, and psychology. Working mostly with wax and oil, she creates abstract expressionist portraits of the music as an alternate means of conveying the music itself. Karen has married both forms of art in new and groundbreaking ways demonstrating that only someone with her incredible tenacity is able to understand both disciplines so intimately and join them so eloquently. 

Karen is a member of the Seymour Art Gallery and Burnaby Arts Council. She has participated in various art exhibitions in the Greater Vancouver Area and has sold works internationally, including Mexico, the United States, and Australia.