My work pursues an effort to unite materials that present fragility, vulnerability, beauty, filth, the feminine and the masculine while at the same time alluding to abstraction, something undefined. I am interested in exploring themes in gender and identity, autobiography, appropriation, abstraction, and narratives.
Rafael Santiago (1980, NY) lives and works in New York City. He received his BA in Arts from The New School. Group exhibitions include: 'The 26th Annual Juried Exhibition', Viridian Artists, New York, Ny (2015); 'Bowery National Gallery Competition', Bowery Gallery, New York, NY, (2015); 'Ventas Calidus', Dacia Gallery, New York, NY (2015); 'A Collage Show', (Scene) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI (2014); ‘HELL’, envoy enterprises, New York, NY (2012); ‘In Like a Lion’, 443PAS, New York, NY, (2011); ‘small works’, NYU 30th Small Works, New York, NY (2007)