Through drawing, painting and video, Santiago Talavera prefigures and reconstructs space by exploring the imaginative possibilities of nature. His scenes seem to form a fragmented history where the recently occurred and the imminent. His works open up avenues for speculation, and the conflicts arising from the relationship between culture and nature seep through.
In this direction, his work leaves traces of a landscape permeable to overtly political questions of a collective nature that transcend personal domains. Hauntopolis, his current project to be released in 2020, reclaims the utopian tradition in a personal interpretation of how to deal with the disappointment of a cultural present that folds in on itself.
A graduate in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, with a final year at Camberwell College of Arts in London, his work has been exhibited individually and collectively in various institutions, including the Gas Natural Fenosa Museum of Contemporary Art in A Coruña, La Casa Encendida and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, Instituto Cervantes in Chicago, Freires Museum in Berlin, and contemporary art fairs such as Pinta London, FNB Joburg Art Fair South Africa, Arte Santander and Just Madrid.
His solo exhibitions include Conmigo llevo todas las cosas (La New Gallery, 2013) and Que el destino de las cosas se decida en lugares pequeños (Galería Blanca Soto Arte, 2009). His many group exhibitions include Animalista, (La Casa Encendida, 2016), 12 Mostra Internacional de arte Gas Natural Fenosa, (Museo de arte contemporáneo de A Coruña, 2012), Otras tauromaquias (Calcografía Nacional de la Real Academia de San Fernando, 2016), and Nulla dies sine linea (Instituto Cervantes Chicago / Freies Museum Berlin & Sangsang Madang Gallery Seoul).