Initially a self-taught artist in his native Ecuador, Oscar Santillán went on to earning an MFA from the prestigious VCU Sculpture Department (US). He has been an artist-in-residence at Delfina Foundation (UK), Van Eyck (NL), Skowhegan (US), Fondazione Ratti (IT), Davidoff Art Initiative (DO), and Seven Below (US).
The work of Santillán quietly murmurs of a world which behaves differently than the one known to us. His practice is an investigation of the margins of reality itself; it reminds us of the limits of our senses.
Santillán seeks to transgrede the very construction of Western reality, which is based on binary contraries—good/bad, black/white, man/woman, truth/lies. These categories dissolve in his work, opening up a larger sense of what is possible. He offers us physical evidence of a territory beyond reality, where a phantom limb is captured, the weight of light over planet Earth is measured, and the dance of a dead philosopher is brought back to life. There is no distinction between what is possible and impossible.
Santillán has hold solo exhibitions at Witte de With (NL), MUAC (MX), Fundación ODEON (CO), Spazio Calderara (IT), FLORA ars+natura (CO), among others. Group shows include LACMA (US), Irish Museum of Modern Art (IE), Kröller-Müller Museum (NL), FRAC île-de-france (FR), IV Trienal Poli/gráfica (PR), STUK (BE), SECCA (US), Voorlinden Museum (NL), XIII Bienal de Cuenca (EC), Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (FR), Museo de Arte ‘Carrillo Gil’ (MX), Nest (NL), Sala Miró Quesada (PE), Bonnefanten Museum (NL), Bienal de Arte Paíz (GT), Marres (NL), among other venues.
Santillán has been the subject of articles, reviews, and interviews published in Frieze magazine, Art Pulse, Elephant, Art Nexus, Art Monthly, Exibart, Metropolis M, to name but a few.
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