Gino Santa Maria was born in 1957 and grew up in Peru, until the age of 23. He always knew that he wanted to be an artist. At the age of thirteen, Gino and his twin brother Carlos became disciples of noted Peruvian painter Ismael Santa Maria Vanini, where they learned the classical discipline of painting until 1981, when he relocated to Houston, TX in the United States.
He studied engineering at La Molina National University in Lima, and later Graphic Design and electronic Art & Publishing at the University of Missouri Saint Louis. He jokes, “Somehow I managed to balance both sides of my brain.”
In Texas, where he started his professional career, he was represented by the Hanging Tree Galleries in Midland and Kerrville. Later, at the Holland art Gallery in Kerrville. When Gino moved to Saint Louis, Missouri in 1989, where he resides today, he exhibited locally with the Clayton Art Gallery, and in Florida with Legacy Art in Miami.
His work adorns the walls of numerous collectors around the world, including a portrait at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and portraits of Jack Nicklaus and Mickey Wright at the famed Baltusrol Country Club in Springfield, New Jersey.
Gino’s work has changed over the years from a detailed style to a more impressionistic brushstroke, while maintaining elements of his earlier training in classical style. Gino says: “If you can somehow combine Rembrandt and Monet into one, that is how I’d like to paint.”
Oil Painters of America, Associate Member
Heartland Art Club, Founding Member
Saint Louis Art Guild
Missouri Plein Air Painters Association
Member of NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)