Vanessa Gully Santiago (b. 1984, Boston, MA) lives and works in Queens, New York. Her drawings and paintings depict deeply psychological and intimate scenes that convey conflicting expressions of desire and detachment, vulnerability, and imbalances of power.
Solo exhibitions include Young Professional at James Fuentes, No Touch at Thierry Goldberg and Private Accounts at American Medium (both in New York). Her work has been included in exhibitions at Mrs. Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery, Helena Anrather Gallery, JTT Gallery, Marinaro Gallery, and Foxy Production, Sibling, in Toronto, Soyuz Project Space in Italy, Rosenwald Wolf Gallery in Philadelphia, C. Grimaldis Projects in Baltimore, and Smart Objects in Los Angeles, among others. Her work has been written about in ArtForum, Forbes, and Hyperallergic.
In 2006 she received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art where she was the recipient of the Michael S. Vivo Award for Excellence in Drawing and in 2013 she earned her MFA from Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University, where she was awarded the Paul Robeson Emerging Young Artist Award. She has attended residencies at Byrdcliffe Art Colony and Vermont Studio Center.