Jonathan Santlofer was born in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Boston University and returned to New York to earn his Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Santlofer lives and works in New York City.
Santlofer’s major concerns- complex space, velocity, illusionism and drama- have remained constant throughout the evolution of his work. In numerous articles and interviews, his work is described as dramatic, supercharged, lush and witty; creating its own synthesis of modernism, combining traces of Van Gogh, Matisse, Cubism, Futurism and Expressionism. With its multiple layering of images, strokes and colors, Santofler’s work resonates with mystery and evokes feeling beyond what meets the viewer’s eye.