Paintings (15-works)

Santiago  Garcia
Converse 1319
Acrylic and oil on canvas
48 x 48 in
Santiago  Garcia Converse _1003
Converse #1003
Oil and acrylic on canvas
50 x 50 in
Santiago  Garcia Converse _1028
Converse #1028
Oil and acrylic on canvas
79 x 63 in
Santiago  Garcia
Converse #1315
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 in
Santiago  Garcia Converse _1316
Converse #1316
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 60 in
Santiago  Garcia Converse _33
Converse #33
Oil and acrylic on canvas
32.5 x 58 in
Santiago  Garcia Converse 1011
Converse 1011
Oil and acrylic on canvas
24 x 80 in
Santiago  Garcia Converse 1033
Converse 1033
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 80 in
Santiago  Garcia Andante _327
Andante #327
Oil and acrylic on canvas
33 x 43.5 in
Santiago  Garcia Andante 730
Andante 730
Oil and acrylic on canvas
33 x 52 in
Santiago  Garcia Elephant _8
Elephant #8
Oil and acrylic on canvas
59 x 52 in
Santiago  Garcia Zebra _1034
Zebra #1034
Oil and acrylic on canvas
30 x 41 in
Santiago  Garcia Converse _1006
Converse #1006
Oil and acrylic on canvas
78 x 63 in
SOLD
Santiago  Garcia Converse _558
Converse #558
Oil and acrylic on canvas
49 x 49 in
SOLD
Santiago  Garcia Converse 44
Converse 44
Oil and acrylic on canvas
46 x 48 in
SOLD

Santiago  Garcia

Santiago Garcia

Santiago Garcia Biography

(Uruguay, b. 1974)

The work of Santiago Garcia explores the wondrous, colorful and always intriguing world between figuration and abstraction. Through contextualization of reality, the Uruguayan artist’s work raises absurd situations within a framework of the everyday world and leaves the content on its own to the free interpretation of the observer.

The artist was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1974. As self-taught painter, Garcia produced an immense body of work in his early years. During the mid-1990s, under an art scholarship with the University of Uruguay, he studied under master engraver Eduardo Fornasari, master painter Clever Lara and acclaimed ceramicist Susana Pizzurno. 

In 1998, Garcia obtained a grant from the Museum of American art of Maldonado for drawing and painting studies with the master painter Miguel Angel Battegazzore. He worked as an assistant to the Argentinean painter Rogelio Polesello for exhibition at the Museum of American art of Maldonado, Uruguay. For the exhibition, he produced murals for Juvenalia 98 and the subsequent exhibition at La Rural del Prado in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The numbers and sometimes words you see in Santiago Garcia’s paintings are based on Divine Proportion, which is a mathematical ratio that ultimately determines the patterns and proportions of the painting. Also, numerology, each number has significance and meaning. Sometimes that meaning is subjective and not explainable. The words seen on the canvas are meant to have a subliminal effect that is up to the viewer to interpret.

What’s important to note about the work is that they are “new figuration”, or “magic realism”. “New figuration” refers to the revival of figurative art in Europe and America in the 60’s following a period dominated by abstraction. The work shows a passion for the human (or animal or shoe) form.

Garcia’s paintings often incorporate seemingly contradictory elements that he brings into harmony. Some of his paintings show animals in absurd situations where the modern world clashes with the wild in a context that allows the viewer to finish the work according to their own vision. He feels that the paintings should not be explained, but left to the viewer. Other paintings depict converse shoes that serve as metaphors for family, relationships, and reminders of where they’ve been and where they’re going.

Santiago Garcia Resumé

EXHIBITIONS

2018  

           ESTEARTE 2018, Punta del Este, Uruguay

           Alianza Francesa de Montevideo, Uruguay

2017  

           Desert Art Collection Gallery, Palm Desert, USA

 Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

 2016 

Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Espacio Cultural de Mexico, Montevideo, Uruguay

 2015 

Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

 2014 

          Gallery Bergelli, San Francisco, USA

          Atelier Gallery, Carolina del Sur, USA

          Galeria de Arte La Sala, Santiago de Chile, Chile

          Grillo Galería de arte, Punta del Este, Uruguay

          Pez Gordo Gallery, Baja California Sur, México

 2013 

District Gallery, Park City, Utah

Galería Diana Saravia, Montevideo, Uruguay

2012

        Ralli Museum, Santiago de Chile

          Galeria de la Ciudadela, Montevideo

        Cultural Center La Spezia, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2011

Maurer Gallery, Los Cabos, Mexico.

Room-Carafi Castells, Montevideo Uruguay.

          Cultural Center La Paz, La Paz, Mexico.

2010

"First National Visual Arts Competition" Zonamerica, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Museum of American Art MAAM Maldonado, Punta del Este Uruguay

2009

Art Space Sacramento, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2008

Big Shot Gallery, Mèxico.

2007

Tennis Club de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay

Cultural Center La Paloma, Rocha, Uruguay.

2006

Khroma Gallery, Puerto Rico.

Embassy of Uruguay, Washington DC, USA

2005

Center for Biological Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR), La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.

Municipal Subway IMM, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2004

Alliance Francaise de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay

Asociaçao Omaguás de Cultira Artistica, San Pablo, Brazil

Exhibition Hall Freedom Books, Montevideo, Uruguay.

 2003

Alliance Francaise de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay

Paninni's, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2002

SOS RACISME, 10th Fe sta of Diversitat. Fonts de Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain

 2001

Cultural Space La Spezia, Montevideo, Uruguay

Theatre Alliance-USA Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay

Sacramento, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Center for Biological Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR), La Paz, Baja California, Mexico

Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Cultural Dissemination Department, La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.

Cultural Center Siglo XXI, artists Camp 2001 Todos Santos, Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico

Biennial Art Festival 2001 Todos Santos, Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico

Cultural Center Siglo XXI, Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico

2000

Cultural Center Siglo XXI, Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico

Center for Biological Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR), SC, La Paz, Baja California, Mexico

AGADU Theatre, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Cultural Center Agundez Jesus Castro and Carlos Olachea Gallery, Sudcaliforniano Institute of Culture,  La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.

1999

White Pueblo Cultural Center,   Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Sacramento, Montevideo, Uruguay

 1998

Literary and Plastic Area,   Montevideo, Uruguay.

Casa Pueblo, Meeting of States by Colour Painters 98, Maldonado, Uruguay.

Second Biennial Biennial Recycled Art, Tacuarembó, Uruguay.

Todomusica Foundation, Montevideo, Uruguay.

 

LECTURING

 2001

Lecturer at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS), on recycled art.

 1998

Director of a Workshop on murals at Immaculate Conception High School, Montevideo, Uruguay. 

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2007

First award in the Painting Competition Tennis Club de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2002

Recognition at Center for Biological Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR), Baja California Sur, Mexico. 

Recognition at Biennial Art Festival 2001 Todos Santos, Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico.

2001

Recognition at Centro Cultural Agúndez Jesus Castro, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

1999

First international exhibition award in the Credit Suisse Award for the Arts and Sciences, Punta del Este, Uruguay.

1997

Special mention in the Salon of Painting 1997, Naval Club Montevideo, Uruguay

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