Mary Ann Santin (Reynolds) was born in Melbourne, Australia. A family relocation to Adelaide saw ambitious restorations of dilapidated Victorian houses in and around North Adelaide, South Australia. This passion for renovation explains much of an artistic interest in reconfiguring and giving new life to the discarded and unwanted.
Santin is an interdisciplinary artist creating installations of paint and object. These installations employ many different mediums, including carved wood, beaten copper and cast cement. Oil and polymer paints, as well as found pages, old drawings and texts are built into the paintings. As works are often site specific, the artefact changes according to its end destination.
Santin has worked with many communities throughout South Australia. The work has featured in public spaces including the Adelaide International Airport, the State Library of South Australia, on Adelaide's city street verges and in the Australian landscape.