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.
Oscar Santillan studied at Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (2007). He holds an MFA degree in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University (2011); attending residencies at the Davidoff Art Initiative, Skowhegan, Seven Below and Delfina Foundation.
His solo exhibitions include Mácula, MUAC, Mexico City (2017); Una Cierta Edad del Mundo. Galerie Mazzoli, Berlin (2017); Asterism, Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam (2016); Zaratán, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2016); The Messenger, Spazio Calderara, Milan (2015); To Break A Silence Into Smaller Silences, Copperfield, London (2015); El Triunfo del Placer, Nominimo, Ecuador (2015); Lucerna, Fundación ODEON, Columbia (2012); Azor, DPM Gallery, Ecuador (2011); Munikat, Germany; Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador; Nest, Netherlands; Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands among others.
His group exhibitions include A Universal History of Infamy. LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017); The Meantime. Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, NL (2017); Being Stone. Zadkine Museum. Paris, (2017); Paradiso. Album Arte. Roma (2017); XXI Bienal de Arte Paíz. Antigua, GT (2017); Hôtel du Pavot 2. FRAC Île-de-france, Paris (2017); We have the weights, We have the measures. Coppperfield, London (2017); The Materiality of the Invisible. Marres, Maastricht, NL (2017); Hacia donde Olmedo miraba. Ponce+Robles. Madrid (2017); Los Irrespetuosos, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico (2012); Marilia Razuk Gallery, Brazil; Paperless, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art – SECCA, USA (2012); Oud-Rekem Castle, Belgium; Videorama, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo – CAC, Ecuador (2013); 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009); The Life of Objects, VOGT Gallery, USA (2011); Bonnefanten Museum, Netherlands; The Magic Hour, The Ridder, Netherlands (2013) and OPTIONS - Biennial of the Project of the Arts, USA (2011). The film Controfigura (The Swimmer), di Martino's first full-legnth film was premiered at the Venice Film Festival (2017).
The work of Oscar Santillan is included in collections internationally including: Adrastus (ES), Art Nexus (US/CO), LACMA (US), FRAC île- de-france (FR),Voorlinden Museum (NL), Silvia Fiorucci Collection (MC), MACG (MX), Bieke and Tanguy van Quickenborne Collection (BE), Colección José Darío Gutiérrez (CO), Balanz Capital (AR), Colección Carlos Marsano (PE), Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL), Colección León Amitai (CO), Yvan Vanmol Collection (BE), Colección Elisa Estrada (US), Colección Carlos Wilson (EC), Alain Servais Collection (BE), among others.
For his most recent solo exhibition with the gallery please click here