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 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