Chris Santa Maria



I'm showing four of my shaped collages at The Local for a small group exhibition called AbEx Redux
(opening reception is Thursday, April 7th 2016 from 6pm - 8pm)

"Santa Maria's collages present options of representation based on imagery that has been culled
from a variety of sources, much like the visual information we collect on a daily basis. While his
collages are devoid of symbolism, the images tease our imagination through recognizable bits
of reality that encompass the gamut of the human condition and do so by referencing the scientific,
artistic, surreal, biomorphic and humorous aspects of our world. As a whole, Santa Maria's collages
are experiments in color, an aspect the artist controls fully, and possible readings of
micro-messages, shaped entirely by the viewer's own cultural conditioning."
-Thomai Serdari

It's an essay. A chapbook. An art project. A zine. A state of mind. A way of being. An untimely meditation on science fiction, stardom, and surface reading.
With text by Christine Smallwood and Mark Sussman and original collages by yours truly, ScarJo is being published in a very underground edition of 100 by Peradam.


High Times Magazine
September, 2015


Bushwick Open Studios!
June 5, 6 and 7, 2015
1027 Grand Street, 4th Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11211

High Maintenance is character-driven web series about a cannabis delivery guy in New York.
My collages made a special appearance in the Qasim episode.

"Luxurious, twisty and humane, radiating new ideas about storytelling."
The New Yorker

"Superbly acted...stunning"
The New York Times

"Idiosyncratic, unexpected, and wonderful"

"Cinematicaly Stunning"
LA Weekly

"The greatest show not on television"

"Changing the landscape of online TV"


Raising Renee is a documentary about my old painting professor, Beverly McIver.
Part of it was filmed in 2005 when I was an undergraduate at Arizona State University.


I work for a gallery in New York that exclusively represents the publications of Gemini G.E.L. (a Los Angeles based artist workshop).
In 2010, I filmed some of the printers as they worked on new editions by Frank Gehry, John Baldessari, Julie Mehretu and Richard Serra.