She completed a BFA at Florida International University in Miami, and then moved back to New York City for graduate studies in Art and Humanities at New York University. She has also studied at the Art Students League of New York with Richard Pousette-Dart, and lived and worked for five years in Italy in the Rome, Veneto, and Tuscany areas, while painting and studying art, culture, and Italian language at the Dante Alighieri School in Rome.

Arlene Santana’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in over fifty group and solo shows in museums and galleries in Europe and the United States, including The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Viscaya Museum, and The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, and are included in many private collections. Ms. Santana has received many awards including the Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Individual Artist Grant for 2018.

Arlene Santana lives and works in the Hudson Valley.