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Santiago Licata

Untitled, 2023

graphite and chalk on canvas
42 x 30cm
About Santiago Licata
Santiago Licata pursued studies of Visual Arts at IUNA between 2006 and 2008. He furthered his education through various workshops, including woodcut techniques with Juan Sebastián Carnero, laboratory and photography with Omar Conde Agesta, writing with Silvia Gurfein, workshop and artistic clinic with Patricio Larrambebere, and drawing with Eduardo Stupía at the Di Tella University. In 2014, he received the Chandon Acquisition Prize at arteBA, and in 2017, he was selected to participate in the Buenos Aires Young Art Biennial. His work has been exhibited at fairs and shows in Mexico City, New York, Minneapolis, and Buenos Aires, and his pieces are part of public and private collections in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Buenos Aires. Santiago explores the expressive capabilities of drawing and painting, juxtaposing geometry and organic forms to enhance the strangeness generated by a precise image in its execution but with ambiguous interpretation, positioning itself between the feasible and the fantastic, between planimetry and illusion. Created with chalk, graphite, ferrite, and sometimes beeswax and synthetic enamel, Santiago Licata's works are characterized emerges without planning. Light moves from figuration to pure matter and from matter to phenomenon. It undergoes a conversion from beam-to-image / image-to-beam, which merges to generate a nebula charged with nuances, subtlety, and brightness. In this way, light acquires its own behavior, gaining a body, an entity, eyes, and features.