Curtis Talwst Santiago

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


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


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)

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

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

Market Value, Lord Ludd, Philadelphia, PA

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

Death of Swag, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY

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

Swagged Out, Chuck Akudu Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton, Alberta (juried)

Troubadour, The Drake General Store, Toronto, Ontario

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


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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

Winter Interlude, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

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

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

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


Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, CA

Gallery MOMO, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

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

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


Canada Council for the Arts Grant

Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

Canada Council Travel Grants to Professional Artists

Scion Artist Session Grant

FACTOR Independent Sound Recording Grant

FACTOR Showcase Grant

CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award

FACTOR Emerging Artist Sound Recording Grant

FACTOR Marketing Grant for Sound Recording


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


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.

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

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

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,”, 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

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”,

“Talwst,” The Lab Magazine, Issue 6

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”,

Lexa Naicu, “Curtis Santiago,” Skewed Magazine, Issue 9, March/April

“Spot Check,” Red Bull TV Germany

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

“Art and Sole,” InStyle, Toronto, Canada

Martin Turenne, “Curtis Santiago”,, February 26th

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


Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY