T Santora was born in New York City in 1957. His family moved to Santa Monica, CA when he was just 3 years old. He considers himself a Southern California native. His interest and aptitude in art was nurtured from an early age. Drawing, sculpture, photography and painting have always played a central role in his life.
T’s formal fine arts training began in Santa Monica High School. He chose to enroll as a Fine Arts Major and excelled. His work in clay and wood sculpture, painting and assemblage won honors in student exhibitions. At the age of sixteen, his work was selected for his first juried public show where it won regional recognition. He continued his fine art education at Santa Monica College and Grossmont College in San Diego. However, financial hardship forced him to suspend his classroom training and return to full-time employment as a devoted labor and civil rights leader. He retired from full-time work in 2015.
T has continuously created works of art with a focus on abstract painting. His extensive travels in the U.S. and abroad, visiting the world’s great art museums and galleries, continues to inform his work. He has lived and worked in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, DC and Greater Los Angeles. He now splits his time between his primary residence in Palm Springs and his second home in Napa.
He was a founding member of Mid-City Artists of Washington, DC; Member, Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran; and Triangle Artist’s Group. T is currently a Docent at the Palm Springs Art Museum and member of The Artists Council, the California Desert Arts Council, the Coachella Valley Artists, and the Napa Valley Arts Council.
What kind of public art project do I want to work on?
I am interested in collaborating with other artists on community-based projects including exhibitions, demonstrations and murals.