About the Artist
Raised in a Nicaraguan household in Miami, FL and currently living in Baltimore City, Jessy DeSantis is a self-taught emerging artist creating meaningful, vibrant work. Her painting's stark contrast of vibrant color and white space draws the viewer into her subjects. She is inspired by her connection to nature, family, and her Central American roots. Her paintings are more than just visually beautiful. They carry in them intention with a story to be told. She seeks to pass on these stories of heritage and truth with all of it's complexities to her children and future generations.
Florida International University, Miami, FL, Masters in Accounting, 2014
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, Bachelors in Accounting, 2012
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
2021 McDonogh Artist Residency, Owings Mill, MD. USA
2021 Maryland Institute College of the Arts, CP22 Artist Fellowship, Baltimore, 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.
2019 Neighborhood Lights Community Grant, Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, Baltimore, MD USA.
2019 Baltimore Heritage Micro Grant, Baltimore Heritage. Baltimore, MD USA