Lys Santamaria believes her beadwork is her own personal way of healing and meditation and that art can heal by bringing joy into people’s lives. It is her mission to share that with the world.
For years, Santamaria has spent time living and traveling abroad independently. She was born in Colombia and grew up in Canada and the United States. While in Canada, the First Nations people shared their traditional beading techniques with her. Since then, she has been painting with beads by
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