San Diego Magazine votes Santos best of North County as street artist for 2019

Santos Orellana
You know his work if you’ve been to Moto Deli—the mural Arriba, Abajo y de Lado a Lado (“up, down, and side to side”) has been tempting patio patrons to pause for selfies ever since its completion in 2017. But that just scratches the surface of how this Carlsbad-based artist has muralized North County in his upbeat style (pictured), inspired by the Mesoamerican tradition of his Honduran roots and the street art he absorbed as a New Yorker in the mid-’80s. His Free Beans Project is a treasure hunt in which he leaves a numbered set of paintings—each one a Warhol-like can of beans—in public places for people to find and keep. Follow @wherehaveyoubeans to see where they’ll show up next.
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Title: Wil Ohl K’inich (Head on Earth) 532CE

#8 Maya King of Copan

Collection: Raices Antiguas (Ancient Roots)

Medium: Paint marker on surfboard

Size: 11x14 inches

Frame Size: 6 foot 2 inches

Price: $8,100


A set of 16 original pieces made with paint marker on surfboard.


A subliminal celebration the Mayan kings of Copan that considers the similarities of the surf and Mayan cultures. Each board represents a stela for one of the sixteen Mayan kings.

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