Sisto was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1965. When he was just five years old he migrated with his family to the U.S., where he lived for seventeen years. At a very early age he began to study art and participated in numerous art contests and workshops. By the age of 18 he had achieved many recognitions for his works to include the Scholastic Art Awards finalist with 2 gold keys, a painting at the Goddard Space Flight Center’s collection, finalist at the Kennedy Center’s Readers Digest Art Contest, ASTAG art awards.He also won scholarships from the Corcoran Art College, the Maryland College of Art and Design, the Baltimore Art College, the Pratt and many more.In 1987 he returned to Uruguay with a degree in Fine Arts from the Maryland College of Art and Design (now School of Art & Design at Montgomery College), including an Associates Degree in Fine Arts. In Uruguay he established his Art Studio and began teaching. From 1987 to date he has had his works exhibited in almost all of the main Uruguayan Art galleries.
During the last thirty years he has also made it possible for over 6,500 children, adolescents and adults to somehow be involved in his continuous art projects, thanks to the collaboration of many companies and his students. In his studio he has taught over a 4000 students. He has worked hard in helping change the way art is taught in Uruguay through his conferences, where he has made many aware of the fact that art forms part of our day to day life.
Sisto has worked as an art consultant to many private firms and embassies including the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo. Please see Sisto’s web site: Art in the U.S. Embassy”
In 2007, as part of the celebrations for 20 years of exceptional work in Uruguay, he had five successful art exhibits. His art work inaugurated the new Carnival Museum in February and then he was asked by the U.S. Embassy to do a one man show for President Bushes’ recent visit to Uruguay. He also participated in a collective art exhibit, celebrating Punta del Estes 100th birthday at the Mantra Casino Hotel. Fripur, Uruguay’s leading fishing company, asked him to do a one man art exhibit at the Montevideo’s Sheraton Hotel. More recently,at the Uruguayan Presidential Executive Office: “Libertad” Palace, he did a one man show, honoringthe twenty most popular Uruguayan writers, illustrating their short tales works for children. The exhibit consisted of one watercolor illustration framed with a fragment of either a legend or a short story about Uruguay. The Main goal of this project was to bring back to light those forgotten writers that almost every Uruguayan adult read in their childhood. The Methodology illustrates the tales with a watercolor painting and this made the audience more involved in the reading process, mixing two arts. The exhibit was for all age groups, but it was mainly focused on children. The exhibit was visited by many schools with the purpose of promoting reading and art appreciation.That main goal was certainly achieved.
To see more on how Sisto works check out the videos posted on this site. A documentary is being edited on Sisto life, work and studio.