Curtis Talwst Santiago

b. 1979, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal

 

EDUCATION

2017    Studio School, New York, USA

2007-2010    Apprenticeship with Aboriginal Artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Vancouver, British Columbia

2007    Emily Carr Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting), Vancouver, British Columbia
 

SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2020
The Drawing Center, New York, NY (forthcoming)

2018
By Sea, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

Minimized Histories II, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates)

2017

Through the People We Are Looking at Ourselves, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada (with Tau Lewis)

Curtis Santiago: Constructing Return, curated by Magdalyn Asimakis, University of Saskatchewan College Art Galleries, Saskatoon, Canada

Exceeding Return, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa

Curtis Santiago, curated by Nicolas Etchenagucia, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

2016

Drawings and Miniatures, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

Market Value, Lord Ludd, Philadelphia, PA

2015

The History of Touches, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Talwst Outside, curated by Magdelyn Asimakis, Convenience Gallery, Toronto,Ontario
Nubians, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

Minimized Histories: Marginalization and Unrest in Talwst’s Infinity Series, curated by Stuart Keeler & Kendra Ainsworth Art Gallery of Mississauga

2012
Death of Swag, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY

2011
Artrageous 3, Partners in Art and the AGO, Toronto, Ontario

2010
Swagged Out, Chuck Akudu Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton, Alberta (juried)

2009
Troubadour, The Drake General Store, Toronto, Ontario

2008
Paintings by Curtis Santiago, Grace Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Toronto Biennial of Art, curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, Toronto, CA (forthcoming)

Lararium, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (forthcoming)

A Seed's a Star, curated by Constance Tenvik, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, SE

Vernacular Interior, curated by Adeze Wilford, Hales New York, New York, NY 

Present Passing: South by Southeast, curated by Patrick D. Flores and Natasha Becker, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China

2018
Ten Years, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

SITElines.2018: Casa Tomada, curated by Ruba Katrib, Candice Hopkins, and José Luis Blondet, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Dime-Store Alchemy, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY

Multi Layered Surfaces, Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Exile Pavilion, curated by Marie Deparis and Mounir Fatmi, the French Institute of Saint-Louis in Senegal, Bienniale de Dakar 2018

Declaration, Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Whispers That Got Away, curated by Atelier Céladon, SBC Gallery, Montreal, Canada

All About Frank, curated by Arielle De St. Phalle and Taylor Roy, SPRING/BREAK Art Fair Art Show at OLD SCHOOL, 32 Prince Street, New York, NY

Through That Which Is Seen, curated by Andrea Antonaccio-Wagner, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, Bakalar & Paine Galleries at Mass Art, Boston, MA

Yard Show, curated by Marcus Jahmal, SHRINE, New York, NY

2017

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, curated by Johanna Burton, Natalie Bell, and Sara O’Keeffe, New Museum, New York, NY

Regarding the Figure, curated by Eric Booked, Connie H. Choi, Hallie Ringle, and Doris Zhao, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL

2016

Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman, Hunter College East Gallery, New York, NY

Power to the People, curated by Daisuke Takeya, Earth Plus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Truth and Power, curated by Jamila Hooker, Arch Enemy Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Mecca, curated by Ray McAulliffe, JCT Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Onion by the Ocean, curated by Essye Klempner, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

Built, World, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

2015

A Constellation, curated by Amanda Hunt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Ghost Van Installation, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche Toronto

A to Z, Galerie White Project, Paris

Massive 11, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario (Juried ) * Acting as Artistic Director & featured artist

2014

Artifacts/Landscapes, curated by Rajni Perera, OCAD Student Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Control, Hunt Club Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

To Store and Organize Materials, Gag Bit Vinyl, Brooklyn, New York (Juried)

Massive 10, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario (Juried)

2013

Little Salon, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario (Invitational)

Mama Birding, Communications Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (Invitational)

Mama Birding, Loom Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (Invitational)

2011

Good to See You, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario (Invitational)

The Cheaper Show no.10, Vancouver, British Columbia (Juried)

Winter Interlude, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2010

Live Painting Performance, Vancouver Art Gallery

The Cheaper Show no.9, Vancouver, British Columbia (Juried)

Vancouver Olympic Art galleries, Vancouver, British Columbia (Curated by Rachel Zottenberg)

2009

The Cheaper Show no.8, Vancouver, British Columbia (Juried)

Cape Town Shake Down, Studio Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (Juried)



RESIDENCIES

2019
Palazzo Monti Residencia, Brescia, Italy

2018
HANGAR Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal

2017
Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, CA
Gallery MOMO, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

2016
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

2015
Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium Foundation Education
programme with Peel District School Board

2014
Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium Foundation Education
programme with Peel District School Board

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2018
Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Grant

2014
Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

2011
Canada Council Travel Grants to Professional Artists

2010
Scion Artist Session Grant

2005
FACTOR Independent Sound Recording Grant
FACTOR Showcase Grant

2003
CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award
FACTOR Emerging Artist Sound Recording Grant
FACTOR Marketing Grant for Sound Recording

 

ALBUMS

2012 Alien Tentacle Sex
2009 Have Mercy (Mixtape)
2006 TKO
2003 Portrait of an Artist

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018
Editors, “Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States,” Hyperallergic,
December 20.
Weathers, Chelsea. “SITElines.2018, SITE Santa Fe,” Artforum, November.
In the Making. “Curtis Talwst Santiago.” Season 1, Episode 7. CBC. November 2.
https://watch.cbc.ca/media/in-the-making/season-1/episode-7/38e815a-00f6dca0197
Jillian Steinhauer, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," The New York Times, July 17.
Kathaleen Roberts, "Broken Boundaries," Albuquerque Journal, July 13.
Ayasha Guerin, “Black Passages: Curtis Talwst Santiago interviewed by Ayasha Guerin,” BOMB Magazine, June 12.
Claire Selvin, “Here’s the Artist List for the 2018 Edition of SITElines,” ARTNews, May 14
Loney Abrams, "8 Show-Stopping Artworks at Frieze for Under $10,000," Artspace Magazine, May 4.
“The Twenty-Five,” Cultured Magazine, pg. 75, May/June
Andrea K. Scott, “A Secret Exhibit That’s Better Than an Art Fair,” The New Yorker, March 14.

2017
Tyler Akers, “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” GAYLETTER, August
Gabrielle Moser. “Critics’ Pick, Tau Lewis and Curtis Santiago,” Artforum, August
Terence Dick, “Tau Lewis & Curtis Santiago at Cooper Cole,” Akimbo, August

2016
Mira Dayal, “Drawing a Line: ‘A Constellation’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Art Critical, April 16
Cristina Vatulescu, “Art and Law Enforcement in a Ring Box: Talwst’s Miniature Aesthetic  Revolution”, The Brooklyn Rail, March 4
Jillian Steinhauer, “Spring/Break, a Sprawling Alternative Art Fair that Delivers”, Hyperallergic, March 3
Alexandra Fowle, “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?”, The Brooklyn Rail, February 3, 2016

2015
Alice Newell-Hanson, “Talwst Recreates Miniature Historical Atrocities in Antique Jewelry  Boxes”, Vice i-D, December 3
“Talwst’s tiny boxes are making a big mark on the art world,” CBC Arts, November 4
Katie Lawson, “Talwst: The History of Touches at Angell Gallery,” ARToronto.ca, October Genista, “Artist Talwst Makes Unique Miniature Worlds Inside Antique Ring Boxes,”
Beautiful/Decay, May 5
Adam Lehrer, “Canadian-Trinidadian Mixed-Media Artist Talwst Explores Art History in a  Fresh Context”, Forbes, April 29
Jeff Hamamda, “Ring box Dioramas by Talwst”, booooooom, April 3
Daniel Otis, “The Miniature World of Talwst: Toronto’s lord of the ring boxes,” The Toronto Star (print), March 20
Nastia Voynovskya, “Talwst’s Miniature Dioramas Comment on Contemporary Culture,”  Hi-Fructose, March 10
Kathryn Bromwich, “The Imaginative Ring-Box Art of Talwst”, The Guardian, March 7

2012
Aaron Berger, "Swagged Out", Beautiful Decay
Lauren Festa, "Death of Swag", ThinkContra
Zoe Pawlak, “I Am Jealous of Talwst”, The Jealous Curator, July 2
Cedar Pasori, “TALWST's ‘Death of Swag’ Exhibit Opening at NYC's Fuse Gallery”,  Complex, August 14
Saskia Channel, “TALWST”, www.dreamsofconsciousness.com
“Talwst,” The Lab Magazine, Issue 6

2011
Natalie Ast, “7 Artists 7 Senses 7 for all mankind”, Women's Post, Toronto, Ontario
Andrew Wallace, “A Restless Creator Finds Inspiration in Street Art”, Metro, Toronto, Ontario
Papillion Institute of Art, “Arte: Curtis Santiago”, artezine.posterous.com

2010
Lexa Naicu, “Curtis Santiago,” Skewed Magazine, Issue 9, March/Apri
“Spot Check,” Red Bull TV Germany

2009
Steve Shon, “In Music: Curtis Santiago”, TCHAD

2008
“Art and Sole,” InStyle, Toronto, Canada

2004
Martin Turenne, “Curtis Santiago”, straight.com, February 26th

2003
Tim Lee, “An Essay on Curtis Santiago”, Cahier D'activite, Issue No.2, Winter

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY