Carlos Santiago

Puerto Rico

Carlos Santiago was born in 1978 in Peñuelas, PR. He began his formal training and graduated from the Puerto Rico School of Plastic Arts in 2001. After graduating he was awarded the Arana Scholarship, providing him with the privilege of living in Paris for a year. Santiago took full advantage of his stay by enrolling at the Teophile Gautier institute; the De la Marie Fine Arts Workshop; and the Daniel Fisher Studio. In addition, he had the opportunity to work at the Alfonso Arana atelier, and at his own atelier in Gambetta. To further his technique and knowledge, Santiago joined the “Les Rats Du Champs”, a group that travels yearly to the Alps to paint exclusively in watercolors. In 2015, Santiago decided to continue his studies finishing a M.A. in Painting and Drawing from the Catholic University of Ponce, PR.  Since 2001, Santiago has held eleven individual exhibitions in Puerto Rico and abroad. Equally, he has participated in collective exhibitions in the United States, Canada, France, Peru and Puerto Rico. Santiago’s work embodies his expressionism and speaks to us of resistance, humanity, and defiance. Santiago also participated for almost 5 years as an exclusive artist of one of the most recognized and prestige art galleries in Puerto Rico, “Galeria Petrus” situated in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Carlos Santiago has also been a constant collaborator within the Puerto Rico art community, he has been teaching at the Ponce Art Museum, since 2001. He has been involved with various municipalities in the island to keep art alive in their communities. In 2020, Santiago's hometown of Peñuelas contracted Santiago to design a public art piece, a "Yo Soy Peñuelas" entrance sign to the municipality. Recently his latest public artwork, the entrance to Yauco’s Urban Park, was inaugurated in August 2022. Carlos Santiago is an artist that cares in teaching and influencing others through his artwork and vast knowledge.

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