NEW FIGURATION by SANTIAGO GARCIA – where we’ve been and where we’re going.

SANTIAGO GARCIA 1/4 – the artist was born in 1974 in Montevideo, Uruguay. When Santiago Garcia was growing up, he often explored the fields and meadows that surrounded his home. He was fascinated with the animals that roamed the countryside. He studied biology in college first. 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.

SANTIAGO GARCIA 2/4  – 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. He leaves the content to be perceived by the free interpretation of the observer. “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 of the artist shows a passion for the human or animal form.

SANTIAGO GARCIA  3/4  –  He depicts Converse shoes that serve as metaphors for family, relationships, and reminders of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Others his artworks are bold abstractions with few, if any, representational elements. Paintings are based on Divine Proportion, which is a mathematical ratio that ultimately determines the patterns and proportions of the painting.

SANTIAGO GARCIA  4/4 – 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.

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