‘Modelling Matter’ Aldo Chaparro and Antonio Santin
1st February- 18 April 2018
Born 1965 in Lima, Perú.
Lives and works in México City, New York and Lima.

Solo Shows

2017 Raw, Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland, Lima, Perú.
Amastan, Peana Projects, Paris, France
Modern Sculpture, Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid, Spain.
2016 Golden Years, Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid, Spain.
2015 “Purple”, Art & Public Cabinet PH, Ginebra, Suiza
La Raíz del Asunto, Aldo Chaparro & Iñigo Zulueta, Madrid.
Art Paris, Galería Spazio Nuovo, Paris, Francia.
ARCO, Galería Casado Santapau,Madrid, Spain.
Approaching Silence, Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid.
2014 NaCL(Í) Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Zipaquirá, Colombia.
Galería Nueveochenta, Bogotá, Colombia.
2013 Approaching Silence, FIFI Projects, San Pedro, Garza-García, México.
RIVOTRILANHEDONIA, IDEOBOX Gallery, Miami, US.
Portal, Intervention at Santa Clara church, Bogotá, Colombia.
Intervention at Palazzo Pamphilij, Rome, Italy.
My Better Half, Spazio Nuovo Gallery, Rome, Italy.
Se Que Te Mueres Por Mí, Lucía de la Puente Gallery, Lima, Perú.
2012 I´ve Lost Control Again, James Kelly Gallery, Santa Fe, USA.
Hip Ahora, Mañana Who Knows, Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2011 What if?, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu/Seúl, Corea.
2010 Vanishing Act, FIFI Projects, New York, US.
Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, OMR Gallery, México City.
More Than This, Sonja Roesch Gallery / Houston, TX, US.
Solo project, Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah Arena, Dubai, Arab Emirates.
Solo project, Pinta Art Fair, London, UK.
2009 Here we are now, entertain us, Nueveochenta, Bogota, Colombia.
Too drunk to fuck, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London, UK.
Vanishing Act, FIFI Projects, New York, US.
Two Black Monoliths, Museo Experimental El Eco, México City.
Erase Memory, Centro de las Artes, Parque Fundidora, Monterrey, México.
2008 How Does It Feel? Dabbah-Torrejón Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It Must Be Nice To Disappear, OMR Gallery, México City.
I Feel So Extraordinary, Lucia de la Puente Gallery, Lima, Perú.
2007 I’ll Be Your Mirror, Dabbah-Torrejón Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2001 MchPinturablancaparagalerías, ProyectoZapopan, Guadalajara,México.
1998 Gato Por Liebre, Galería Forum, Lima, Perú.
Flúor, Ramis Barquet, Monterrey Gallery, México.
1997 Simulacro, Municipalidad de Miraflores, Lima, Perú.
1995 Savia, sabia, Galería Ramis Barquet Cintermex, Monterrey, México.
1994 Solo show, Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, México.

Group Shows

2017 Shaping Space, Isa Galeria, Mumbai, India.
a year from monda in mexico, FIFI projects, Monterrey, México.
Modern Sculpture, Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid, España.
2016 Deconstruction-Reconstruction,
Art & Public Cabinet PH, Ginebra, Suiza
2015 Demoler, Public Art Projects, Mexico DF.
Abstraction and Nothing, FIFI projects, an Pedro Garza-García, México.
2014 The State of Parenthesis, FIFI projects, San Pedro Garza-García, México.
2013 Natures Mortes I, FIFI Projects, San Pedro, Garza-García, México.
2012 Quinquenio, Galeria Nueveochenta, Bogotá, Colombia.
2011 The Space Between Now and Then, Galería OMR y el52, México DF.
2009 [sic], OMR, México DF.
This Is Not An Invitation It’s A Presentation, el52, México DF.
Zona MACO, OMR, México City.
2008 Sueño de casa propia, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, México DF.
Plataform For Urban Investigation, Museo de la Ciudad de México, DF
2007 Sin Título, Intervención en el concierto de The Killers y otros grupos, México DF.
Rock my illusion, Cordoba, Spain.
Los nuevos leones, Monterrey, México.
Evento social, Galería de Arte Mexicano, México DF.
Foro sur, Intervención en el centro de Cáceres, Spain.
Little Did He Know, Intervención en la Casa Barragán, México, DF.
Show me, Show me, Show me, Intervenciones de artistas
de la Galería Luis Adelantado en el Hotel Condesa DF, México DF.
2006 Cuarteto De Fantasía, vídeos, Museo Experimental El Eco, México, DF.
Limbo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México, DF.
Tenemos el Duchamp… Galería de Arte Mexicano, México, DF.
Is Anybody Out There?, Product must have Objects, México, DF.
2005 We Are Nothing But The Nerds They Say We Are,
curaduría y exhibición en colaboración con Mauricio Limón, México City.
2002 Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany.
Coartadas Alibis, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Casa comida y sustento, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México. DF.
2001 Asamblea, Centro Cultural de México, Paris, France.
Sala de recuperación, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México, DF.
Tercer Festival de Arte Sonoro, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México, DF.
2000 Segundo Festival de Arte Sonoro, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México, DF.
Bienal de Lima, Lima, Perú.
1999 Kilómetros De Desplazamiento Para Una Explosión,
Ex Teresa Arte Actual, México, DF.
Bubble, 527 Gallery, Houston TX, USA.
Fit In, Hotel Los Virreyes, Monterrey, México.
El retrato como excusa, BF15, Monterrey, México.
Cuarta Bienal de Monterrey, Monterrey, México.
1998 Centro de Lima, Bienal de Lima, Lima, Perú.
De acá, Art Deposit, Monterrey, México.
Laberinto, 527 Gallery, Houston, TX, USA.
1997 Tercera Bienal Monterrey, Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, México.
Hacia la abstracción, Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, México.
1996 Group Show, Andrew Mumery Gallery, London, UK.
1992 Entretrópicos, MuseodeArteContemporáneoSofíaImber, Caracas,Venezuela.

Selected Collections

The Jumex Foundation, México.
The Coppel Collection, México.
The CIFO – Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA.
The Helga de Alvear Foundation, Cáceres, Spain.
Simon de Pury, London, UK.
Douglas Baxter’s Collection, New York, USA.
Domenico de Sole Collection, Hilton Head, USA.
Guler Sabanci Collection, Istambul, Turkey.
Pierre Huber Collection, Switzerland.
Jorge Pérez Collection, Miami, USA.

Antonio Santin

1978 Born in Madrid, lives and works in New York.
2005 Degree in Fine Arts “Universidad Complutense de Madrid”
2002-2003 Anotati Scholi Kalon Technon. Athens fine arts school

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2018 Marc Straus Gallery. New York.
2018 Galerie ISA. Mumbai. India
2016 Sharjah Art Museum.
2016 Marc Straus Gallery. New York.
2013 Marc Straus Gallery. New York.
2012 Marc Straus Gallery. New York..
2011 Art Hong Kong. WILDE Gallery. Hong Kong.
2010 WILDE Gallery. Berlin
2008 Galerie Heliumcowboy. Hamburg
2008 Galerie Lichtpunkt. Munich
2007 Widmer+Theodoridis. Zurich

Group exhibitions (selected)

2018 Art Brussels. Marc Straus gallery. Belgium.
2018 ARCO art fair. Marc Straus gallery. Spain
2018 India art fair. Galerie ISA. New Delhi
2017 “New Now” Phillips auction house. New York
2017 “Between I&thou” HVCCA Museum. New York
2017 ARCO art fair. Marc Straus gallery. Spain
2017 Zona Maco art fair. Marc Straus gallery. Mexico
2016 Knoxville Museum of Art. Recent Art for east Tennesse and beyond
2016 Independent Art Fair. Nature Morte gallery. Brussels
2016 Art Central Hong Kong. Marc Straus Gallery. Hong Kong
2016 Art Stage Singapore. Marc Straus Gallery. Singapore
2015 Art Central Hong Kong. Marc Straus Gallery. Hong Kong
2015 Art Stage Singapore. Marc Straus Gallery. Singapore
2014 “Xigue Xigue” Marc Straus gallery. New York
2013 “Art at the core”. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. New York.
2013 Expo Chicago. Marc Straus Gallery. Chicago
2012 Jonathan Lahyani Fine Art. Geneve.
2011 Destino/Zielort Berlin. Kunstraum Bethanien. Berlin.
2011 Georg Kolbe Museum. Hotspot Berlin
2011 ART CHICAGO Art Fair. WILDE Gallery. Chicago
2010 Art Miami fair. WILDE Gallery. Miami
2010 Art Toronto fair. WILDE Gallery. Toronto
2010 SLICK Art Fair. WILDE Gallery. Paris
2010 PREVIEW Art Fair. WILDE Gallery/WIDMER+THEODORIDIS. Berlin.
2010 “FrischFleisch” WIDMER+THEODORIDIS contemporary. Zurich
2010 ART CHICAGO Art Fair. WILDE Gallery. Chicago
2009 SLICK Art fair. WILDE Gallery. Paris
2009 “Earthly Delights”. Tape Modern Nº.11
2009 WILDE Gallery. Berlin
2009 Widmer+Theodoridis contemporany. Zurich
2008 “5 Years heliumcowboy artspace”.Bierbehaus. Hamburg.
2007 Widmer+Theodoridis contemporany. Zurich

Blibiography (selected)

Casa Vogue Brazil Online: interview and studio visit. January 2015
Forbes Magazine Online. “10 Must see works at Art Stage Singapore” January 2015
Time Out Online Magazine. January 2015
Complex Magazine Online ” 15 artists about to dominate 2015″ January 2015
Famo Magazine “La veritá nascoste” pp4-9. December 2013
Interview Magazine online. “Optsiche Täuschung” November 2013
Huffington Post Online. “Macabre paintings put a twist on crime scene photos” November 2013
Diseño interior magazine. pp 9-11. October 2014
Blouin ARTINFO online “15 questions for Photo-realist artist Antonio Santin” Sep. 2013
Beautiful/Decay online. “spanish artist Antonio Santin deceptively realistic Rug Paintings” Sep. 2013
Hi Fructose online. “interview with Antonio Santin” Sep. 2013
Designboom Online. Hyper-real paintings of bodies under carpets Sept 2013
Modern Painters magazine. pp 11,31. May 2013
Casa VOGUE Brazil magazine. page 36 December 2012
Babylon Magazine “Antonio Santin; into the noir”. pp 70-75. October 2011
Freunde von Freunde Studio visit and interview. September 2011
Hi Fructose magazine. ” The art of Antonio Santin”. Vol 18 pp 52-59. January 2011
Tagespiegel. “Schönlenstrasse von Antonio Santín” Oct 9th 2010
MODERN ART FOR SALE, Die bedeutendsten Kunstmessen der Welt November. Feymedia Artbooks. pp 114-117. 2010
Interview with Antonio Santín, FILE Magazine (Cover), Issue 3, Spring/Summer 2010, pp 28-41.
DARE magazine “Antonio Santin” April 2009
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Crossing the boundaries between painting, sculpture and performance is a common contemporary artistic practice – often with stunning results that not only reveal a re-interpretation of form and genre but also puzzle the perception of the viewer and prompt great curiosity about what we see.

Aldo Chaparro’s and Antonio Santin’s latest works are a case in point. Both artists work across various media and genres and are equally interested in how sculptural characteristics, like the creation of three dimensional elements, perform on a two-­‐dimensional format. From an art historical perspective, such a description alludes to the term relief: a sculptural form that is carved from but still belongs to a surface. And indeed, the artworks presented at Galerie Isa could be thought of as contemporary, somewhat abstract reliefs, created through an individual process of modelling plasticity into a two-­‐dimensional surface.

Aldo Chaparro (born 1965, lives and works in Lima, Peru and Mexico City) is a trained sculptor and best known for his distorted stainless steel sculptures. But no matter which type of medium he chooses for his artworks, his practice centers around a process of capturing a moment of the present. He developed a performance-­‐like transformation process in which he unleashes the energy and force from his body onto stainless steel, wood or canvases.

For this exhibition, Chaparro presents two different series of artworks. In the stainless steel sculptures, his working process resembles that of a traditional sculptor, physically engaging with both hands with his material but without any other tool. We see the results of an intuitive process that the artist himself once described as ‘half dance, half fight’, leaving the traces of an intensely bodily and improvised dialogue between the artist’s hands and his material: three dimensional folds of steel that create a landscape of light and shadows, peaks and troughs, tempting the viewer to mirror him or herself in a surface that is only able to reflect a distorted detail.

Chaparro’s interest in the interaction of his body, energy and material as a process rather than the urge to depict something that we are familiar with becomes equally apparent in his paintings. In this series of works too, the artist is engaging physically with his material by modelling matter on flats, hereby focusing on the performance of gold leaf to create the illusion of three-­‐dimensionality. The highly dynamic, golden traces on the canvases resemble the leftover contours of his dance with matter on a surface in order to re-­‐create it.

Antonio Santin (born 1978 in Madrid, lives and works in New York) is known for his hyper-­‐ realistic, dramatic paintings depicting skillfully executed ornamental tapestries. Whereas Chaparro invokes drama by his immediate and physical interaction with matter, Santin’s paintings – including his earlier, large series of portraits – seem to be the results of the forces of light and dark, of the visible and the hidden. Similar to the techniques of tenebrism and chiaroscuro that the famous painters Caravaggio and da Vinci introduced to European painting in the 15th and 16th century, Santin is able to depict dramatic scenarios not only of human expression but even of textile folds – the latter with a humorous lightness.

In his latest series of paintings, Santin demonstrates how both his painterly and sculptural skills translate into stunning artworks that not merely depict a somewhat uncanny carpet, but an almost abstract relief. His painted carpets are images whose sources are photographs of draped carpets on the floor. They are so richly detailed and lively in color that they first seem like an actual carpet hung on the wall, revealing a world of beautiful patterns and harmony. After that first encounter with the ornamental beauty of the carpet, the viewer experiences a curiosity that is evoked by the folds in the carpet. Is something underneath, did something heavy push from the sides, or are we merely witnessing an innocent moment of halt, a frozen movement of matter?

The depicted carpets with their patterned harmony seem to reach out to the viewer by dramatically raising their surfaces, thereby forming secretive waves and a peculiar dynamic on the flatness of a painting that seems to be part of a larger narrative, a narrative which we will never be fully told by the artist but only by our own imagination.

Both artists model movement in their surfaces, movement that results in a plasticity of matter: Whereas Chaparro captures movement and the energy of a moment to create an abstract relief on a two-­‐dimensional surface, Santin reveals his mastery in oil painting by depicting a painted relief.