Santillan Oscar - Block of Knowledge I, II & III

2016 - Fired clay - 3x (26 x 17 cm)

Cybernetician, artist, and sci-fi partisan. Lives in The Netherlands and Ecuador.

My artistic education began without formal training, in Ecuador, surrounded by generous colleagues with whom we founded a collective; through time I’ve come to understand that this self-organized collective experience was my (our) own academy. We learned by trying, making, and ruining good ideas (and often spending too much time on bad ones). Later on, I was given the opportunity to pursue and obtain an MFA in Sculpture at VCU—Virginia Commonwealth University, in the US. Since then have been an artist-in-residence at Jan van Eyck, NL; Delfina Foundation, UK; Fondazione Ratti, IT; Skowhegan, US; and Leiden Astronomical Observatory, NL. Already for a decade my work has been shaped by encounters with scientists, philosophers, music composers, anthropologists, and all types of experts, those who innovate and those who keep ancient traditions alive.

Solo exhibitions include 13.0.0.0.0, PARQUE gallery; Mexico City, MX. Oscurana, Château La Borie; Solignac, FR (2018). Mácula, MUAC Museum; Mexico City, MX (2017). Zaratán, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art; Rotterdam, NL (2016); Codex, Metales Pesados. Santiago de Chile, CL (2016). The Messenger, Spazio Calderara; Milan, IT (2015). To Break A Silence Into Smaller Silences, Copperfield; London, UK (2015). On Hesitation Marks, Kunstraum; Munich, DE (2013). Lucerna, Fundación ODEON; Bogota, CO (2012), among others.

And, these institutions have displayed some of the works that you’ve seen in this site: NRW FORUM, Düsseldorf; SongEun Art Space, Seoul; LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Zadkine Museum, Paris; FRAC Île-de-france, Paris; IMMA—Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Rochechouart Musée d’art contemporain, Rochechouart; Album Arte, Rome; STUK, Leuven; Trienal Poligráfica, San Juan; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo; National Dutch Dance Festival—Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht; Oud-Rekem Castle, Rekem; CAC—Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Museo de la Universidad Nacional, Bogotá; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Socrates Park, New York; among others.

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