SANTIAGO GARCIA

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.

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

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2016

  • Espacio Cultural de Mexico, Montevideo, Uruguay

2015

  • Eisenhauer Gallery, Massachuset, USA

2014

  • Gallery Bergelli, San Framciaco, 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, Estados Unidos
  • Galería Diana Saravia, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2012

  • Museo Ralli, Santiago de Chile
  • Galeria de la Ciudadela, Montevideo
  • Centro Cultural La Spezia, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2011

  • Maurer Gallery, Los Cabos, México.
  • Sala Castells-Carafi, Montevideo Uruguay.
  • Centro cultural La Paz, La Paz, México.

2010

  • “Primer Concurso Nacional de Artes Visuales”, Zonamerica, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Museo de Arte Americano de Maldonado  MAAM, Punta del Este Uruguay

2009

  • Espacio de arte Sacramento, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2008

  • Pez Gordo Gallery, Mèxico.

2007

  • Club de Tenis de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Centro Cultural La Paloma,  Rocha , Uruguay.

2006

  • Khroma Gallery, Puerto Rico.
  • Embassy of Uruguay, Washington DC, USA.

2005

  • Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (CIBNOR), La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.
  • Subte Municipal IMM, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2004

  • Alianza Francesa de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Asociaçao Omaguás de Cultira Artistica, San Pablo, Brazil
  • Sala de Exposiciones de Libertad Libros, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2003

  • Alianza Francesa de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Paninni´s,  Montevideo, Uurugay.

2002

  • S.O.S. RACISME, 10ª Festa de la Diversitat. Fonts de Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain.

2001

  • Espacio Cultural La Spezia, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Teatro Alianza Uruguay-EEUU, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Sacramento, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (CIBNOR), La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.
  • Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Departamento de Difusión Cultural, La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.
  • Centro Cultural Siglo XXI, Campamento de artistas plásticos de Todos Santos 2001, Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico.
  • Biennial Festival de Arte Todos Santos 2001, Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico.
  • Centro Cultural Siglo XXI, Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico.

2000

  • Centro Cultural Siglo XXI,  Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico.
  • Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (CIBNOR), S.C., La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.
  • Teatro AGADU, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Centro Cultural Jesús Castro Agundez and Galería de arte Carlos Olachea, Instituto Sudcaliforniano de la Cultura, La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.

1999

  • Centro Cultural Pueblo Blanco,  Punta del Este, Uruguay.
  • Sacramento, Montevideo, Uruguay.

1998

  • Espacio Literario y Plástico,  Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • Casa Pueblo, Encuentro de Pintores Unidos por el Color 98, Maldonado, Uruguay.
  • Bienal Segunda Bienal de Arte Reciclado, Tacuarembó, Uruguay.
  • Fundación Todomúsica, Montevideo, Uruguay.
LECTURING

2001

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

1998

  • Director of a Workshop  on murals at Liceo Inmaculada Concepción, Montevideo, Uruguay.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2007

  • First award in the Concurso de Pintura, Club de Tenis de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2002

  • Recognition at Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas de Noroeste (CIBNOR), BCS, Mexico.

2002

  • Recognition at Bienal Festival de Arte Todos Santos 2001, Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico.

2001

  • Recognition at Centro Cultura Jesús Castro Agúndez, La Paz, Baja California Sur, México.

1999

  • First award in the international exhibition Premio Credit Suisse, Punta del Este, Uruguay.

1997

  • Special mention in the Salon de Pintura 1997, Club Naval Montevideo, Uruguay