Santiago Carbonell

Quito, Ecuador, 1960 -

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Santiago Carbonell was born in 1960 in Quito, Ecuador, son of a Catalan father and an Ecuadorian mother. At the age of one year and a half they moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he spent his childhood and adolescence. According to Carbonell's words, he made his first drawing when he was 8 years old, and he remembers it very well, since it was a black bull, whose teacher made him erase some monumental testicles that shone and hung on the animal like bells. When he was thirteen years old, living in Barcelona which was under the tyranny of Franco, he was impressed by Peter Paul Rubens painting, The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus.

He decided to become a painter at seventeen years old, being part of the circles of young painters in Barcelona attracted by Informalism. Tàpies was the father of them all, at that time Santiago Carbonell was irresistibly interested by matter painting and tachism, although he experimented with cubism, and surrealism as well. He explored surrealism by studying Salvador Dali in deep, but finally Carbonell stayed with the realistic elements.

He immigrated to Mexico in 1986 where he married María Gabriela Miranda. He is the father of four Mexican children and currently resides in the city of Queretaro, Mexico. His strong discipline, tenacious study and refined self-taught talent, has led him to travel the world, surprising the viewer with a personal perception of painting. He is a prominent representative of the hyperrealism trend, although - as he declares himself - his aesthetic is not based on reproducing what reality or photography represent, but on inventing from them.

Some of the awards he has obtained are: 1982, from the Catalan American Institute for Cooperation and in 1980 the Reina Sofía Fine Arts Scholarship.

(Sources: 1. Santiago Carbonell, Arqueología de la Mirada, texts by Avelina Lésper and Santiago Carbonell, 2014; 2. Carbonell, text by Jorge Juanes, 2001)


Main Solo Exhibitions


1985 Centro Español, Quito, Ecuador.

1986 "Santiago Carbonell", Dubose-Rein Galleries, Houston, Texas.

1992 "Santiago Carbonell", Museo de Arte Moderno, Queretaro, Mexico.

1994 "Santiago Carbonell", Museo de la Ciudad de Leon

1999 "Santiago Carbonell", Museo de la Ciudad de Oaxaca, Oaxaca.

2001 "Santiago Carbonell", Museo de Arte de Queretaro, Sala Permanente. Queretaro, Mexico

2002 Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato, Mexico

2002 Casa de la Cultura, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

2003 Alfredo Ginocchio – Arte Internacional, Mexico, D.F.

2003 Centro Cultural Universitario, Universidad de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacan

2003 Galeria Universitaria Arte Contemporaneo, Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro

2003 Museo Metropolitano de Monterrey Nuevo Leon, NL

2005 Museo Regional de Queretaro, Queretaro

2005 Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes

2006 Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2007 Museo Jardin Borda, Cuernavaca, Morelos

2008 Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Celaya, Guanajuato

2009 Museo Metropolitano de Buenos Aires, Argentina

2010 Mural Conmemorativo del Bicentenario de la Independencia de Mexico y el Centenario de la Revolucion Mexicana, Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nacion, Mexico D.F.

2010 De la Belleza al Desencanto, Museo de Bellas Artes de Toluca, Estado de Mexico

2010 De la Belleza al Desencanto, Museo de Arte de Queretaro, Queretaro

2011 De la Belleza al Desencanto, Galeria de la Universidad Autonoma de Puebla

2012 De la Belleza al Desencanto, Museo de los Pintores, Oaxaca

2013 Arqueologia de la Mirada, Museo Diego Rivera, Guanajuato

2013 Arqueologia de la Mirada, Centro Multicultural de las Artes CEMUART

2014 Opening of Santiago Carbonell Museum, Queretaro, Mexico

2016 Espejos de la realidad, Museo de Arte de la Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico, Mexico City

2016 Espejos de la realidad, Centro de las Artes de Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

2016 Espejos de la realidad, Museo del Centro Cultural Joaquin Arcadio Pagaza, Valle de Bravo, Mexico