Nelson Host Santiago


I believe in our people. Our beautiful culture. The way we carry ourselves. The way we wave our flag. The love for our ancestors. That's what I portray in my artwork. Proud Puerto Rican. 

Nelson Host Santiago, a New York City native, deeply rooted in his Puerto Rican heritage, was born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx.

Nelson discerned his innate artistic talent at the tender age of four when one of his uncles introduced him to a series of comic books. It was love at first sight! Influenced by colorful images depicting various superheroes, he began drawing, sketching, and painting, producing his earliest works without any formal training. Shortly thereafter, Nelson became captivated by urban hip-hop culture and immersed himself in the world of graffiti. It was at this time that “Host One” emerged onto the cityscape. Throughout the following decade, Nelson, aka Host One, actively engaged in Wild Style pieces as well as a street bombing on a myriad of metropolitan “canvases”.

White Elephant In the room, Acrylics & paint markers on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2014. Photograph is courtesy of the artist.