Antonio (T. Jay) Abellera Santa Ana, Jr. is a self-taught, multi-media abstract artist. Santa Ana was born in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines. His family immigrated to the United States when he was one and a half years old, first settling in San Diego, California, then moving to Long Beach, and finally to Buena Park where he spent the rest of his childhood and adolescence. Upon graduating from high school in 2003, he moved back to San Diego for his college education, completing two degrees in English and Graphic Design from San Diego State University and the Art Institute of California.
Having a career in the creative industry inspired Santa Ana to turn to his artistic abilities in order to better express his own ideas and interpretations of life. He left a graphic design position at a prominent financing and technology company to pursue a career as an artist. Since then he has presented a solo exhibition with Hanalei Artworks titled "Intersections," completed a mural titled "Synthesis and Celebration" in Barrio Logan, California, and co-curated an art exhibition in celebration of the release of his first sticker book, "To the Ones That Stick." Currently his studio is based at The Urban Art Shop in Banker's Hill, San Diego.
“The work I create is always the culmination of who I was, who I am, and where I’ve been. These moments are visual representations of time and space overlapping above the trajectory of my life, entwined with the lives of my family and our movements from one continent to another. In fact, I see most lives as lines. I see them in the movement of my family history, the shapes of the stories my ninang tells, and in the path that intersects with strangers on the bus, interweaving, interconnecting, with vast spaces converging to reveal the unknown. The intention I hold for my work is to carry on the forward motion of these lines that began long before my brushes ever touched a canvas.”