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 he co-founded with other artists of his generation. After following different studies in Ecuador, a fellowship allowed him to pursue and obtain an MFA in Sculpture at VCU—Virginia Commonwealth University, US. He teaches at AKV|St.Joost, and he is a guest tutor at Sandberg Institute, both in The Netherlands.
He has recently been selected as one of the five artists to create new work for the Holt/Smithson Foundation’s The Island Project: Point of Departure, along with Tacita Dean, Renée Green, Sky Hopinka, Joan Jonas between 2021 and 2026. He has also been commissioned projects by the Yokohama Triennial (Japan), Ballroom Marfa (USA), Bienal de Arte Paiz (Guatemala), Laboratorio de Arte Alameda (Mexico), and the Eli and Edithe Broad Museum (USA).
Over the past years he has been an artist-in-residence at Jan van Eyck, NL; Delfina Foundation, UK; Fondazione Ratti, IT; Skowhegan, US; Seven Below, US; and, Leiden Astronomical Observatory, NL.
His solo exhibitions include 126.96.36.199.0, PARQUE Galería; Ciudad de México, 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 Con-temporary 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). On Hesitation Marks, Kunstraum; Munich, DE (2013). Lucerna, Fundación ODEON; Bogota, CO (2012).
Works by Santillán have been shown at institutions such as Yokohama Triennale, Japan; Delfina Foundation, London; 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; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Rochechouart Musée d’art contemporain, Rochech-ouart; 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.
Santillán’s work is part of institutional collections such as 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