wall me 1
2019, oil and gesso on cotton duck
2018, gesso and oil on linen
polyptych, seven pieces 40x30cm
Santiago Aleman (Spain, 1972, as Julian Ramirez Rentero) is a London based artist persona. His work has been featured at the 58th Venice Biennale, “May You Live In Interesting Times”, 2019 at the Faces Pavilion in the Arsenale, the Cervantes Institute with the collective “Learning To Get Lost”, in Shanghai, the solo exhibition “Natural Light” at the Ji Tu Space in Beijing and at The Annual, a group exhibition at Lake Gallery in London, among others.
…artist persona Santiago Aleman has trained as an architect and has evolved towards an artistic practice with a creative attention to the importance of nature and environmental socio realities. His spatial consideration insists on the visual scheme as being the key element for understanding the pictorial representation.
His use of diptychs, triptychs and polyptychs builds upon the idea that, rather than a sole individual acting in isolation, a group of elements (society, tribe, village) and the asymmetrical coordination between them is the way to build a more harmonious whole.
The work of Santiago Aleman doesn’t hide the facts of current socio realities, insofar as it reacts to injustices and mishandlings by shaping a path of optimistic colourful tiles, to the extend that the artist moves in a singular plane of composition understood as a basic impulse of the individual.
Levo, at the 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times. Faces Pavilion, Arsenale della Biennale. 2019
Polyptych, various sizes.