Alejandro Santiago was born in 1964 in Teococuilco de Marcos Pérez, Oaxaca, a small town in the northern Zapotec highlands. Alejandro left his hometown at the age of nine, when his family moved to the City in search of better educational opportunities. After studying art in the state, his good work led him to practice it as a profession in the United States and Europe for ten years. His works have been in exhibitions in various cities, including Paris, Brussels, and San Francisco. One of his most recognized works was "2051 migrants", inaugurated in 2007 and which consisted in the elaboration of that number of clay figures that evoked a large part of the population of his native community in Oaxaca who had emigrated to other cities of the country and the United States. He died at the age of 49 in Oaxaca Mexico of a heart attack.