Martin-Jan van Santen's works are always an ode to beauty. After working in animation for ten years, Martin decided to move forward with his life and follow his true passion which is painting. He says he would like each of his paintings to "breathe by itself." These subtly erotic works capture youth and boyhood by showcasing the young man's body. Inspired by impressionist-style artwork, Martin utilizes mainly color and light to create a delicately gritty feel.