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.

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.



2017 - Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard,MA

2016 -  Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

2015 - Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA


      Ralli Museum, Santiago de Chile

      Galeria de la Ciudadela, Montevideo

     Cultural Center La Spezia, Montevideo, Uruguay.


      Maurer Gallery, Los Cabos, Mexico.

     Room-Carafi Castells, Montevideo Uruguay.

     Cultural Center La Paz, La Paz, Mexico.


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

      Museum of American Art MAAM Maldonado, Punta del Este Uruguay


      Art Space Sacramento , Montevideo, Uruguay.


      Big Shot Gallery, Mèxico.


      Tennis Club de Montevideo , Montevideo, Uruguay.

      Cultural Center La Paloma, Rocha, Uruguay.


     Khroma Gallery , Puerto Rico.

     Embassy of Uruguay, Washington DC, USA.


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

     Municipal Subway IMM, Montevideo, Uruguay.


       Alliance Francaise de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay.

     Asociacao cultira Omaguas of Artistica, San Pablo, Brazil

     Exhibition Hall Freedom Books, Montevideo, Uruguay.


     Alliance Francaise de Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay.

     Paninni's, Montevideo, Uurugay.


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


      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.


      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.


     White Pueblo Cultural Center ,   Punta del Este, Uruguay.

      Sacramento, Montevideo, Uruguay.


      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.



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


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



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


      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.


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


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


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

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