Oscar Santillan (b. 1980 Ecuador) is interested in connecting distant points: the sweat of a person with the beat of drums, paper made out of a medicinal tree with Nietzsche’s typewriter, or bringing together the breeze displaced by a running jaguar and a marble container.
Santillán began as a self-taught artist within the environment of Lalimpia, a collective co-founded in Ecuador by him and other artists of his generation. He followed studies at the Miguel Donoso’s writing workshop and ITAE, and completed his BA at ESPOL. A fellowship allowed him to obtain an MFA in Sculpture at VCU—Virginia Commonwealth University, US. Over the past years he has been an artist-in-residence at Van Eyck, NL; Delfina Foundation, UK; Fondazione Ratti, IT; Skowhegan, US; Seven Below, US; and, Leiden Astronomical Observatory, NL.
Works by Santillan have been shown at institutions such as NRW FORUM, Düsseldorf; SongEun Art Space, Seoul; LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Zadkine Museum, Paris; FRAC Île-de-france, Paris; IMMA—Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Rochechouart Musée d’art contemporain, Rochechouart; Album Arte, Rome; STUK, Leuven; Trienal Poligráfica, San Juan; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; National Dutch Dance Festival—Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht; Oud-Rekem Castle, Rekem; CAC—Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; among others.
His solo exhibitions include 80m2, Livia Benavides gallery, Lima, Peru (2020); 22.214.171.124.0. PARQUE Galeria, Mexico City, MX (2019); Oscurana, Château La Borie, Solignac, FR (2018); Mácula, MUAC, Mexico City, MX (2017); Una Cierta Edad del Mundo, Galerie Mazzoli, Berlin, DE (2017); Asterism, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, NL (2017); Zaratán, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL (2016); Codex, Metales Pesados. Santiago de Chile, CL (2016); The Messenger, Spazio Calderara, Milan, IT (2015); To Break A Silence Into Smaller Silences, Copperfield, London, UK (2015); El Triunfo del Placer, NoMínimo, Guayaquil, EC (2015); On Hesitation Marks, Kunstraum, Munich, DE (2013); Lucerna, Fundación ODEON; Bogota, CO (2012); Azor, and, Un Fantasma que Recorre el Mundo, DPM, Guayaquil, EC (2011 and 2009).
Santillán’s work is part of the following institutional collections:
Jumex (Mexico City), LACMA (Los Angeles, CA. US); CIFO (Miami, FL. US); Centraal Museum
(Utrecht, NL); FRAC Ile-de-France (Paris, FR); Adrastus (SP/MX); Museum Voorlinden
(Wassenaar, NL); Fries Museum (Leeuwarden, NL); Otazu (Pamplona, SP); Museo Carrillo Gil (Mexico City, MX); among others. And, private collections such as those of Alain Servais (BE); Silvia Fiorucci
(MC); Carlos Marsano (PE); Philara Collection (DE); Bieke and Tanguy van Quickenborne (BE); among others.
For his most recent solo exhibition with the gallery please click here
To view the most recent group show with the gallery including work by Oscar Santillan click here