Santiago Navarro, born in Uruapan Mexico in 1991, began his artistic education in 2005 in his hometown under the guidance of the Persian artist, Sciddel, until the early 2013.
In 2011 he enters the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving "La Esmeralda", completing his studies in August 2015 with honors. He takes lessons with Professors such as Carla Rippey, Ricardo Morales, Kim Young Sun, Alfredo Flores Richaud, Karla Villegas and Daniel Garza Usabiaga. He has participated in workshops given by Fernando Aceves Humana and Aron Demetz.
In 2018 he enrolled at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Florence to pursue a Master's degree in Visual Arts and New Expressive Languages under the tutelage of Professors such as Marco Raffaele, Massimo Orsini, Alessandra Cigala and Adaua Marshall, graduating in March 2021 with Summa cum Laude.
A multidisciplinary artist, he has devoted himself mainly to painting, sculpture, photography and graphics, touching on themes related to Love, Violence, Spirituality, and Time and Space through their cultural dimension. His work takes references from artists such as Picasso, Manzù, González Camarena, Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter and Neo Rauch.
He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in cities which include Cambridge, Florence, Morelia, León, Irapuato, Uruapan, Paracho, Zamora, Texcoco, Cuernavaca, Monterrey and Mexico City.
He participated in the XVII Symposium of Mexican Studies and Students in the UK at University of Cambridge in 2019 and At the Edge of Chaos, an art project of Manifattura Tabacchi in collaboration with Palazzo Strozzi, IED and Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in 2020
He has received several awards and distinctions through his pictorial activity in Mexico and abroad. He has been involved in promoting the visual arts in disadvantaged areas of the state of Michoacán, Mexico by giving plastic and graphic arts workshops to children and young people.
In 2015 he created the Centre for the Creation, Study and Dissemination of the Arts "El Colibrí" in the city of Uruapan Michoacán, an artistic-cultural project that he founded and worked as director and teacher until 2018. He is a founding member of the Centro de Artes Uruapan.
He currently lives and Works in Florence, Italy.
SPRING , 2021.
[...] I could describe my artistic activity as a travelogue whose pages are emotional or intellectual, reflective or visceral, political and socially engaged, or simply imaginative. These pages may be paintings, photographs, drawings, cultural projects, travel, or writings. Artistic creations and projects triggered by what surrounds me at each point of the journey, by the encounter with the other and its otherness. The perception and influence of the experiences lived during the journey of each cultural space-time in which I find myself is expressed and reflected in my works, whose content as well as my ideas, interests and position are in constant movement and transformation.
AUTUM , 2018.
Engraving, sculpture and especially painting are the artistic disciplines through which I can express with all my sincerity what I live, feel and think. For me, painting is the way my mind and soul can breathe and stay alive, it is the most authentic means of expression I know, because I cannot lie to myself or to others when I paint, in painting I manifest who and how I am. Sculpture is a process in which I discover the power of light through the domination of volume, and I retain an almost spiritual closeness to the material I am working in.
Art is for me the most human of all things human. My work revolves around figuration, but I also like colour, abstraction and landscape. My creative process begins through drawing and written reflection. Normally I work on series.
I've had three individual exhibitions that bring together the most representative series of works of my artistic career. The first, War and Peace, is a series where I represent social events related to the cancellation of human rights and violence. Initially motivated by the occasional atrocities for the narcotraphic in the region where I grew up, and then by a deep empathy for events where death and suffering make one vulnerable to whole people and peoples everywhere, especially in the Middle East and South America. This series consists of oil and acre paintings, drawings, etching and drypoint. For its realization I need images taken by myself, photographs published in newspapers, social networks and international photojournalism.
The second series entitled The Lovers is integrated for paintings and etchings. In these works I represent my conception of love, eroticism and fascination for the human figure. It is composed of numerous portraits, nudes and scenes of couples immersed in the act of love. For the design of these works I need real life drawings and photographic images.The third series, Folías, was born after founding an Artistic Center in Mexico that for three years allowed me a continuous relationship with other artistic disciplines, especially music; this and the daily work with children inspired me to create paintings and drawings of small sizes, painted with great spontaneity, accessible colors and gestural freedom. The theme of these works are scenes from everyday life in Mexico and figures located in natural environments, where the wind and water have a strong influence. I made these works in my spare time between teaching and the management activity I developed.
Recently I have dedicated myself with great commitment to sculpture on wood, thanks to the contact with the Italian sculptor Aron Demetz.
I was born in Uruapan Michoacán in 1991, I live and work between Mexico and Italy.
1991, Born in Uruapan, Mexico. Lives and works in Florence Italy
MA Fine Arts
Department of Visual arts and new expressive languages, Major in Decoration.
Title of Thesis dissertation: Art and Travel. Reflections around the travelogue in contemporary artistic practice.
Date of graduation: 3/3/2021. Final grade. 110 cum laude/110.
Academy of Fine Arts of Florence.
BA Fine Arts.
National School of Sculpture Painting and Engraving La Esmeralda
Title of Thesis dissertation: Will, context and sensibility. Story of my artistic formation.
Date of graduation: 20/4/2016. Final grade. 9.82/10, Graduated Summa cum Laude
Mexico city. MEX
24 CFU training program, valid for the acquisition of basic competences in anthropological-psycho-pedagogical disciplines and in teaching methodologies and technologies, required for access to the national competition for teaching in Italian secondary schools.
Sculpture workshop held by Aron Demetz.
Landscape painting workshop held by Fernando A. Humana.
Art direction workshop held by Pia Corti.
Mehrgan Group, Master Sciddel's Atelier.
Certification of Italian language proficiency CILS B2. 2017.
French language proficiency certificate DELF B2. Alliance Française. 2017.
TOEFL English language proficiency certificate. 570 points
Internship, Villa Romana, Firenze, ITA
Teaching assistant at the state secondary school campus Vanghetti, Empoli, ITA
Founder and General Director of the Centre for the Creation, Study and Diffusion of the Arts, El ColibrÍ, Uruapan Michoacán, MEX
Co-founder and director of the Visual Arts area, Uruapan Art Centre, MEX
Plastic arts workshop for children and teenagers, Paracho, MEX
Plastic arts workshop for children and teenagers, Ziracuaretiro, MEX
Assistant in the Engraving workshop of the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda, under the charge of Professor Ernesto Torices, Mexico City, MEX
-RESIDENCIES AND GRANTS:
Winner of the FINBA-CONACyT scholarship, granted by the Mexican Government for postgraduate studies abroad
Winner of the MAECI scholarship granted by the Italian Government to foreign students
Winner of the MAECI scholarship granted by the Italian Government to foreign students
Participation in the XVII Symposium of Mexican Studies and Students in the UK, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
Selected in the UNAM Visual Arts Biennial, Città dal Messico, MEX
Selected in the Special Cultural Action Program Michoacán 2015 convened by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) through the Government of the State of Michoacán and the Ministry of Culture, for the creation of a Centre for the Arts.
Selected in the IV Biennial of Sacred Art. Monterrey, MEX
Selected in the 1st Volcano’s Biennial. Cuernavaca, MEX
Selected in the Program for Stimulation of Artistic Creation and Development of Michoacán in 2014, in the Young Artists category with the painting project entitled War and Peace. MEX
Winner of first place in the painting category at the XV regional encounter of painting and etching Efrain Vargas. Morelia, MEX
Winner of the painting contest summoned for the Alliance Française of Mexico and "La Esmeralda" with the theme Machismo in Mexico and violence against women. MEX
Artworks that are part of the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Alfredo Zalce. MEX
Travel Journals (Exhibition and thesis discussion, 3/3/2021). Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, Manifattura Tabacchi Campus, Classroom D. Firenze, ITA
The world Over. University of Cambridge. Cambridge, UK
Folías. Casa de Cultura del Valle de Zamora. Zamora, MEX
Otras Folías. Galería José Clemente Orozco, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo. Texcoco, MEX
Exposición Plástica. Il Colibrí, Art Center. Uruapan, MEX
Series. Casa de Cultura del Valle de Zamora. Zamora, MEX
Spazio recluso, spazio liberato. Spacciamo culture, project in collaboration with Chille della balanza, Accademia di Belle arti di Firenze and the Architecture department of the Università degli Studi di Firenze. San Salvi, Firenze, ITA
At the Edge of Chaos, Online exhibition, Manifattura Tabacchi in collaboration with Palazzo Strozzi, IED and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Firenze, ITA
El papel del Cartel, Museum of Contemporary Art Alfredo Zalce, Morelia, Mex
UNAM Biennial of Visual Arts, Luis Nizhisawa Gallery, Cittá dal Messico, MEX
IV Biennial of Sacred Art, Metropolitan Museum, Monterrey, MEX
Paintings, Ziracuaretiro Cultural Center, Ziracuaretiro Michoacán, MEX
Biennial of Volcanoes. Cuernavaca City Museum. Cuernavaca, MEX
:(:, Generation 2011-2015 Art show. Central Gallery of the National Art Center,
Mexico City, MEX
Painting exhibition of the Quetzalcóatl Group, Uruapan Cultural center, Uruapan, MEX
Dislocación, Leon Trotsky's House Museum, Mexico City, MEX
Exposición Pictórica, Paracho Cultural Center, Paracho, MEX
Van Gogh, Morelia Cultural Center, MEX
Geométrica, CC186 Art Gallery, Mexico City, MEX
XV Regional Meeting of Painting and Etching Efraín Vargas, Polyforum, Morelia, MEX
Machismo en México y violencia sobre las mujeres, Alliance Française campus Polanco Gallery,
Mexico City, MEX
Homenaje a Doña Bundy Illsley, 5ª Exposición colectiva del grupo Mehrgan, San Pedro Cultural Center Uruapan, MEX
Grupo Mehrgan, Morelia Cultural Center, Morelia, Mex
Grupo Mehrgan, León City Museum, León, MEX
Grupo Mehrgan, Irapuato City Museum, Irapuato, MEX
Grupo Mehrgan, San Pedro Cultural Center, Uruapan, MEX