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About the Artist

Raised in a Nicaraguan household in Miami, FL and now residing in Baltimore City, Jessy DeSantis is a self-taught artist creating meaningful, vibrant work. Their painting's stark contrast of vibrant color and white space draws the viewer into their subjects. They are inspired by their connection to nature, food, family, and their Central American roots. Their paintings, often depicting birds, are more than just visually beautiful, many carry in them intention with a story to be told. They seek to pass on these stories of heritage and truth with all of it's complexities to their children and future generations. The artist states that as they grow and evolve through life, that their art will evolve and shift with them.


Photographed by Bricemyfoto

Curriculum Vitae



Florida International University, Miami, FL, Masters in Accounting, 2014

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, Bachelors in Accounting, 2012

Selected Publications

2022 "DiscrimiNaciones Migrantes, Fronteras esquivas: arte, pensamiento y cultura desde las migraciones". Por Heinrich Böll Oficina San Salvador, San Salvador,  ELSL

2021 "Reconecting with, passing along heritage", front page spread, by Stephanie Garcie, The Baltimore Sun

2021 “En Los Tiempos de Cuarentena", Issue 8”, by Veronica Melendez and Kimberly Benavides, La Horchata Zine 

2019 “Verano, Issue 6”, by Veronica Melendez and Kimberly Benavides, La Horchata Zine 

2019 “Arches and Access Light Art & Parade”, by Tap Druid Hill 

2019 “This is My Baltimore” by Morgan State University

Residencies & Fellowships

2023 Morgan State University's Center for the Study of Religion and the City, Fellowship Baltiomre, MD. USA


2021 McDonogh Artist Residency, Owings Mill, MD. USA

2021 Maryland Institute College of the Arts, CP22 Artist Fellowship,  Baltimore, MD. USA

Exhibition History

2022 The Black Genius Art Show, "LatinXperience", Baltimore, MD USA

2022 Casa de la Cultura Inaugural Exhibition, Curator and  artist Baltimore, MD USA

2022 Davenport Gallery, "Ancestral Medicine" Baltimore, MD USA

2021 - 2022 BWI International Art Gallery , "Complex Latino" Anne Arundel, MD USA

2021 Motor House , "SPOTLIGHT" Baltimore, MD USA


2021 Dupont Underground , "Somewhere Between" Washington D.C. USA

2021 SOMArts Cultural Center, “CARAVANA: Mobilizing Central American Art (1984–Present)” San Francisco, CA. USA

2020 University of Maryland Stamp Gallery,“Connected Diaspora: U.S.      Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media”, College Park MD. USA

2020 Jubilee Arts, Gallery, "Works by Jessy DeSantis, Window Exhibition", Baltimore MD USA

2020  Duke University Fredric Jameson Gallery, “Connected Diaspora: U.S.      Central American Visuality in the Age of Social Media”, Durham, NC. USA.

2019 Baltimore City Hall Gallery, “Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration” Baltimore, MD USA.

Selected Grants

2019 Neighborhood Lights Community Grant, Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, Baltimore, MD USA.

2019 Baltimore Heritage Micro Grant, Baltimore Heritage. Baltimore, MD USA

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