About Santiago Lara
Born in Tomelloso (Spain),1975
Lives and works in Gijn and Berlin
Santiago Lara has a degree in Fine Arts by the University Complutense of Madrid. His artistic itinerary is full of awards and grants like the Prize "Francisco Carretero" of the Province Council of Ciudad Real (2001), the Grant Leonardo da Vinci of Paris (2002), the Prize "Antonio Lpez Garca" (2005), the Grant AlNorte 2007 for the project "Bosque Interior" or the subsidy for the project "Hombre-Medicina" (2007). Between 2000 and 2007 Santiago took many specialization courses and participated in several collective exhibitions.
With "Brotes", the painting series of 2007, presented in his first individual exhibition of Gijn, Santiago Lara showed his interest in turning painting into an experimental communications mean that combined tradition with a conceptual imprint that opened horizons to the direct expression. The painter showed he was already inside the spirit of his era with an unequivocal German vocation, which would be later reinforced by his condition of artist in the Kunstlerhaus Glogauer of Berlin
His work can be understood as an intent to give back a reflexive and critical character to painting. For this he extends his view over the 20th century alluding to a soft surrealism and some echoes of pop-art to flow into the new generations of painters, above all the Germans Neo Rauch, Martin Kippenberger and Daniel Richter who face the role of the painter in the new visual culture. But the fictions of Santiago Lara, without either the political or the historical burden of those artists mentioned, are constructed with fragments of the reality, experiences which find a pictorial accommodation influenced by comics and poster art.
In this sense his painting is based on drawing and colour, a quick and informal painting which produces a sensation of immediacy. This iconography, integrated with history of art, establishes new visual relations which are touched by irony and hint at various critical aspects of reality. Colour proves to be of special relevance as Juan Jos lvarez Fernndez points out in the Papeles Plsticos by being chosen with calculated intention to moderate the burden of existential tension. Apart from gestures, the colours, uniform and plain, are principally the element that constitutes the compositions.
The artist moves between narration and pictorial poetics. Accordingly his works tend either towards the production of meanings or they construct more formal aspects. But in the majority of his compositions we find disturbing and confusing elements which do not fall towards the dramatic as is the case in the work Farmer in which a farmer fertilizes the soil by means of a funnel, the soil being personified by a succession of bodies. They are always elliptical and critical narratives, discourses which, as the artist sets out, come from my own sensitive experiences of fragmentation.
Without doubt Santiago Lara has assimilated multiple influences to flow into his own painting which is involved in the current cultural concepts and which shows a commendable figurativeness which equally assimilates pictures from advertising, the media and popular tales. And he handles all this with a pictorial casualness which pretends to have technical shortcomings and still there is, underneath this layer of inadequacies, which, in fact, they are not at all, a sufficient sensitivity to question the role of painting in these moving times and to ask about its function and fragility. And maybe we will not find answers, but the survival of the pictorial depends to a great extent on our daring to ask such questions.
degree in Fine Arts by the University Complutense of Madrid
2000Gallery Triangle. Bordeaux
Maison des Arts (House of Arts), Bordeaux.
2001 International Competition of Painting and Photography. Alczar de San Juan
National Competition of Painting Ciudad de Quintanar. Toledo
2002Competition of Graphic Arts Galileo Galilei. Valencia
2003Graphic Work and Painting. Micalet I. Council of Valencia.
2004Competition of Painting University Miguel Hernndez-Iberdrola. Alicante
Hall of exhibitions El Trinquet. I Competition Painting Valencia.
2005Museum Lpez Torres. National Competition of Painting. Tomelloso.
XV National Competition of Drawing Gregorio Prieto. Valdepeas. Museo de la Ciudad (Town Museum). Madrid
2006Gallery Dasto. Oviedo
Gallery Amaga. Avils
Gallery Espacio Lquido. Gijn
2007 Foirexpo 2007. Niort
Gallery Amaga. Avils
Competition of Painting UGT. Asturias Fundation. Oviedo.
PTICA Video Art International Festival.(Lara+Coto). Gijn
Video Art Loop. Sala LAi. Gijn.
Gallery Cornin. Gijn
2008 AlNorte. Revillagigedo Palace Museum. Gijn
CEX. Ciudad Real
2009 Foconorte (Lara+Coto) Santander
"Souvenir" (Lara+Coto) Kunstraum Bethanien Berlin.
2001Cultural Centre of Usera. Madrid.
Gaviria Palace. Madrid
2002 Sequences sala (hall) Bataclan. Paris
2003Sala Centre (hall Centre). Picanya. Valencia
2006Gallery Mediadvanced. Gijn
Gallery Mirando al Mar. guilas. Murcia
Gallery Dasto. Oviedo.
2007Municipal House of Culture, Avils)
Terrneos. Museum Antonio Lpez Torres. Ciudad Real
Brotes Gallery Cornin. Gijn
Bosque interior Gallery Espacio lquido. AlNorte07 (Lara+Coto) Gijn.
2008 "Kleingrten" Gallery Borron. Oviedo
2009 "Con los pies desnudos" Guillermina Caicoya Gallery. Oviedo
Awards and scholarships
2000Scholarship Erasmus, Facult dArts Plastiques, Universit Michel de Montaigne
Mention of Honour. National Competition of Painting Ciudad de Quintanar. Toledo
Selected by the Net of Young Art of the Community of Madrid.
2001Award Francisco Carretero Provincial District of Ciudad Real.
2002Scholarship Leonardo da Vinci. Atelier Globe Arts. Paris.
First Provincial Award of Drawing. Gallery Gregorio Prieto. Ciudad Real
2005National Award of Painting Antonio Lpez Garca. Tomelloso
2007 Grant Fundacin Municipal de Cultura. Gijns town council (Lara+Coto).
Grant AlNorte 2007. Proyecto Bosque Interior con el colectivo Lara+coto.
2008 Emergent. Lleida (Lara+Coto)
Glogauer Atelier Kunstlerhaus. Berlin
2009 LABoral Art production award. Gijn
Showdown winner. Saatchi Gallery. London
Seminars and workshops
2002Seminar-workshop of lithography. By: Micha Kloth. Universitat Politcnica
2003Seminar: Macro versus micropolticas (Macro vs. micropolitics). EACC (Espai dArt Contemporani de Castell/Space of Contemporary Art of Castelln).
2004Seminar: Arte Pblico y Espacios Pblicos (Public Art and Public Spaces).
Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto Jovellanos (Centre of Culture Ancient Institute
2005Conferences Motiva 2005, School of Art. Oviedo
Course: Video Design European Institute of Design. Barcelona
Workshop: Dibujo. huella y Arte (Drawing, print and Art), held by Carlos Franco.
Centre of Culture Ancient Institute Jovellanos. Gijn.
Workshop: Low Tech, held by Peter Bosch. Jornadas O.O.H. (Orbital Observatory of the Human). Gijn
2006Conferences O.O.H. 06. Electronic art and new artistic tendencies. Centre of Culture Ancient Institute Jovellanos. Gijn
2007 Workshop Video, grabar, generar e interactuar Laboral Centro de Arte. Gijn
Future Shows: Arte Lisboa