Engineer, teacher, electronics technician and computer programmer, Esteban De Los Santos Lezama has cultivated a parallel career as a graphic and fine artist. Originally trained as an electronics technician in Montevideo, Uruguay, he held subsequent jobs that ranged from civil engineer to Web developer and programmer, but he has also trained, exhibited, and worked freelance as an artist.
Mr. De Los Santos Lezama had already earned a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering when he showed two paintings at a 1987 national exhibition sponsored by ANTEL (Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, or the National Telecommunications Administration). Other exhibitions followed in Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Esteban De Los Santos Lezama also studied with painter and collage artist Hugo Longa.
Deciding to pursue more formal art training, Mr. De Los Santos Lezama entered the Master of Fine Arts program at Washington State University in Pullman, with a focus on graphic arts. Studying at WSU offered opportunities to exhibit his work at the Fine Arts Center and Compton Union Building Art Gallery on campus, as well as at the 1993 College Art Association conference at the University of Washington in Seattle. Esteban De Los Santos Lezama also taught drawing and managed computer and photography laboratories as a teaching assistant at WSU. He received his MFA in 1993. For the next three years, he worked as a freelance graphic designer, producing posters, magazines, brochures, billboards, and technical diagrams for various companies.
Recently, Esteban De Los Santos Lezama’s creative interests have turned more toward Web design and video production. He has taught computer graphics and design at the Industrial Design Centre in Montevideo, Web design courses at the HiTech Institute in Toronto, and computer drafting with AutoCAD at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Having studied in at least four different countries in North America, South America, and Europe, Mr. De Los Santos Lezama speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. He spends his leisure time swimming, bicycling, traveling, or doing photography.