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Originally from Lima, Peru, I have resided in Seattle since 1996. I have been drawn to colors, shapes, forms, and inspired by my dreams and deepest feelings.These are the motivations that have inspired me to create since I was a child and continue to drive me today. I have an extensive palette of artistic interests and abilities, from oil, acrylic, watercolors,to the photographic image.



1990 Kodak Professional School of Photography
  Professional Photography 
Lima, Perú
1987 Pontifical Catholic University of Perú
  Master of Fine Arts - Painting &  Engraving
Lima, Perú


Freelance artist, illustrator, & photographer
1987  to present.  

UNICEF,  FAO, COTESU, and, other non profits. Freelance design & illustration–educational materials.
1986 to 1996 – Lima, Peru.  

Theatre Designer Scenery & costume design
1986 to 1995 – Lima, Peru.


  • Group show presented by Eastside Phantom Art Gallery. Redmond, Washington 1996
  • Group show presented by Nomadic Gallery in Downtown Seattle, 1996
  • Group show presented by Le Roi Gallery. Seattle, Washington 1996 -1997
  • New work by Blanca Santander presented at Stonehouse Bookstore Gallery.
    Redmond, Washington 1997
  • Group show titled “Images of Latin American Art in Seattle”. Presented at The Hub Gallery - University of Washington. Seattle 1997
  • Solo show titled “Illustrations by Blanca Santander” at Secret Garden Children’s Bookstore. Ballard, Washington 1997
  • Group show presented by University of Washington – Department of Languages Studies. Exhibit titled “Grace, Myth and Magic”. Seattle, Washington 1998
  • Group show presented by Everett Community College. Everett, Washington 2000
  • Group show titled “Altares - Day of the Dead” Celebrating our ancestors at Phinney Center Gallery. Seattle, Washington 2002 - 2007
  • Group exhibit presented resented at Seattle Waterfront - Pier 63. Cinco de Mayo Festival. Seattle, Washington 2003
  • 2nd   Annual Invitational Group Show presented by Isis on First Gallery. Seattle, Washington 2003
  • Group show presented by Bellevue Art Museum. Bellevue, Washington 2003
  • Group show sponsored by Bank of America at Columbia Tower. Celebrating “Hispanic Heritage Month”. Seattle, Washington 2003
  • Group show. Fiestas Patrias Celebration at the Center House - Seattle Center.
    Seattle, Washington 2003 – 2005
  • Group show presented at Kinsey GallerySeattle University. Exhibit titled “Remembranza”. Seattle, Washington 2004
  • Group show presented by Glover Gallery. Kirkland, Washington 2004 - 2005
  • Solo show – New work by Blanca Santander presented at Ballard Works. Seattle, Washington 2005
  • Group show presented by Latino Boeing Employees- Boeing Field. Exhibit titled “Hispanic Heritage Celebration”.  Everett, Washington 2005
  • Group show titled  “World Art Fest Exhibit” presented at  the Center House Harrison STGallery - Seattle Center. Washington 2005
  • Latino Art Exhibition presented by Tacoma Community College -The Gallery. Tacoma, Washington 2008
  • Group show. Seattle Trade and Convention Center. Exhibit titled “Latino Art in the Northwest”. Downtown Seattle 2008
  • Group exhibit presented by Edmonds Center for the Arts. Edmonds, Washington 2008
  • Group show presented by Jacobs Gallery. Eugene, Oregon 2008
  • 6th Annual Juried Local Art exhibition presented by The Gallery at Tacoma Community College. Tacoma, Washington 2008
  • New work by Blanca Santander exhibited at La Llorona Gallery. Chicago, Illinois 2008
  • Group Show. C-Art Gallery. Show titled “Small Works”. Seattle, Washington 2008
  • Public Art display celebrating Day of the Dead – TAPETES at Seattle Art Museum – SAM. Seattle, Washington 2008 
  • Best of the Northwest at the Seattle Center - Seattle, Washington. april 2009
  • Solo exhibit present by C-Art Gallery. Seattle, Washington. May 2009
  • Latino art group show – Seattle City Hall sponsored by City of Seattle Employees. August - October 2009. Seattle, Washington.
  • Passion for the Cure - The Puget Sound affiliate of Susan G, Komen Foundation and C Art Gallery  - Juried Exhibition -  September - October  2009 .
  • Solo Show presented by NHLI. Albuquerque New Mexico. November 2009. 
  • Solo exhibit presented by La Onda Gallery, Portland, Oregon. March 2010.
  • Urban Dreams & Nature Meditations presented by View Gallery at Mercer Island - August - September 2010.
  • Centenial Center Gallery  at the City Hall in  Kent , Washington - Juried  Exhibition -August  2011.
  • Solo Show presented by Embassy of Peru - Washington DC - July-August 2011.
  • Group show. "Portraits" presented by Seattle Municipal Tower Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery - July 16 to October 15, 2012.
  • Juried Group show "! ROOTED" at Columbia City Gallery - August 8 - September 23, 2012.
  • Solo Show presented by Kent Art Commission's Centenial Center Gallery    - Kent, Washington - November 9, 2012 - January 2 2013.
  • Oregon Coast Council for the Arts "Two Cultures - One Community" at the Newport Visual Arts Center, Oregon. September 7 to November 4, 2012.

Events & Workshops:

  • Pike Place Market Foundation Annual 200 Glasses of beer Benefit 1996.
  • Commission by PATH (Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health) to illustrate health Pamphlet 2001.
  • Children’s Mask Workshop at Seattle Center for Fiestas Patrias. 2002.
  • Serving the Latino community for many exhibits and fundraising events 2003 to 2005.
  • Hispanic SEAFAIR Festival poster art and design 2005.
  • Fiestas Patrias at Seattle Center poster and design 2005.
  • Boeing Hispanic Heritage exhibit poster art and design 2005
  • Washington Commission on Hispanic Affairs 2005 Annual report cover art 2005.
  • Washington Commission on Hispanic Affairs 2006 Annual report cover art 2006.
  • Mask Workshop for the Department of Modern Languages at Seattle University 2006.
  • Mother Earth - Pachamama. Mix media sculpture workshop for Xavier Global House, Modern Languages & Literature at Seattle University. 2007.
  • SAM - Day of the Dead installation -tapete (sand painting) 2007-2008.
  • Tacoma Art Museum - Day of the Dead installation -tapete (sand painting) 2007.
  • Mercer Island Middle School  - Workshop - Day of the Dead installation -tapete (sand painting) 2008.
  • Merced Island Middle School – Workshop – Mural 2008.
  • SOTA School of the Arts, Tacoma Multimedia Presentation to student body 2008.
  • Rainier Cultural Center – Workshop – Mariposas 2008.
  • Latino Cultural Magazine – Illustration of children’ stories 2008.
  • Beyond one Language – Illustration and design 2008.
  • The Little School - Workshop -Painting and Mosaic - 2007 - 2009.
  • The Little School – Illustration and Design for Poster and invitations – Annual Auction 2009.
  • US Census Bureau 2010 - Featured artist in Northwest Region - Calendar, Children's Book, and Posters.
  • Seattle Rainbow Book House presents: "A Peanut in My Mommy's Belly" children book Illustrated by Blanca Santander. 2010.
  • Hola Festival Poster 2010 - Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • Cleveland State University - Illustration and Poster Design - October 2010 - 2011.
  • Cleveland State University - "In, Out and Beyond" copyright 2011, dust cover image  "Mother Earth and the Moon" - July 2011.
  • Nordstrom Latina Summit - 2009 -2010 -2011 - 2012.

Awards and Distinctions

1987- First place in national contest to illustrate textbooks for rural school children, sponsored by FAO Holland.

1989- First place awarded in the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank Engraving Competition. Selected to create new Peruvian currency.

1990- Second place award in the InterAmerican Photo competition.

1991- Honorable Mention at the Images of Peru - Photographic Competition sponsored by Union Latina.

2006-  Sea Mar community Health Centers - Public Collection. 


2007- Honors for Excellence, Contribution and Achievements in the Advancements of Fine Arts and Education, Centro Cultural Hispano Americano and the Spanish & Portuguese Studies of the University Of Washington, (Seattle, WA) 


of culture through the arts, education, and their achievements in the Northwest.

2009- Featured artist Barnes and Noble Booksellers - National Hispanic Heritage Month - "Mother Earth and the Moon" Promotional Tote Bag , Gift Cards and advertising September - October 2009.

2009- First Place Award National Hispana Leadership Institute 2009 "Mujer Awards poster Artwork contest” – July 2009.

2009- ON ANGELS MAGAZINE - Honorable Mention -November 2009.

2010-2011 - Featured artist Barnes & Noble Booksellers - National Hispanic Heritage Month - "Mother Earth and the New World"Promotional Tote bag and advertising -September - October 2010-2011.

2011- First Place - Award Winner at Juried Exhibit in City Hall Centenial Center Gallery, Kent, Washington - August 2011.

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