Santiago Talavera

Artist selected by López Munuera, Iván at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016

To get my ideas across as simply as possible I use tools like drawing, painting or collage, which let me foreshadow or reconstruct spaces and explore the possibilities of spatial illusion. With landscape as the common thread running through my work, I scrutinise things, subvert scales and experiment with the imaginative possibilities of nature.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
Pure, simple intuition. And because I’d been drawn to optimists.

2. How would you define your work?
Right now I’d say it’s a thought-provoking, poetic search through an inner landscape.

3. What subjects are you interested in?
The difficulties in contemporary visions of nature.

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
I use different resources and techniques, above all drawing and painting, which often end up getting mixed together.

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
Reality is clearly the starting point for my work, since I work from travel photographs, press cuttings, etc.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
It’s an incredible tool for self-knowledge and an infallible therapy.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I hope they look at me carefully. I’m aiming at any receptive person, whether they’re new to art or not.

8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I studied fine art at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and spent a year in London. What I value most from Madrid is learning about classical techniques (drawing/painting); in London I was exposed to different ways of understanding the creative process.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
I’ve got high hopes for the future, but at the moment I’m hanging on as best I can, as I still have to do other jobs to survive.

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
It has a huge bearing on me. I usually adapt my work to circumstances, but when money’s short things get tough at any production phase.

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
Professionalism, which is generally what’s missing in the trade.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
I think Madrid offers quite a lot of support to young artists: you only have to look at the number of contests and grants on offer. However, there isn’t really a feeling of a new generation of empowered, up-and-coming artists because, amongst other things, there’s no tradition of art-collecting to continue this support.


Curriculum vitae

Santiago Talavera
Albacete, 1979.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and Works in: Madrid.


Formación Académica/Education
Máster Profesional de desarrollo de aplicaciones interactivas, CICE-Escuela Profesional de Nuevas Tecnologías, Madrid.


Licenciado en Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Beca Erasmus, Camberwell College of Arts, London.


Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
En la vida anterior, Centre Municipal d'Exposiciones d'Elx, Alicante.


1979, Galería La Lisa Arte Contemporáneo, Albacete.
Alejarse lo multiplica, Just Madrid, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.


Que el destino de las cosas se decida en lugares pequeños, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.


Llegar a ser océano, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.


Premio de pintura Aldeasa, Espacios Aldeasa, Madrid.

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
De space guachos, Galería La Lisa Arte Contemporáneo, Albacete.
El ojo del mirlo, Galería Isabel Hurley, Málaga.
Nulla dies sine linea, Dibujo español contemporáneo, Instituto Cervantes de Chicago, Chicago.
Gabinet de papers, Centre Municipal d'Exposiciones d'Elx, Alicante.


X Aniversario, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.
Nulla dies sine linea, Dibujo español contemporáneo, Freires Museum, Berlin; Museo de Arte de la Unviersidad Nacional de Seúl, MOA, Corea.
El extraño garaje, Galería Siboney, Santander.
El papel del dibujo II, Galería Ángeles Baños, Badajoz.


Art Jaén, Galería La Lisa, Jaén.
II Certamen de dibujo contemporáneo Pilar y Andrés Centenera Jaraba, Alovera, Guadalajara, España.
ArteBA’09, Galería Blanca Soto Arte (Madrid), Buenos Aires.


Nomonotono, Studio Banana, Madrid.
Paisajes imaginarios, Galería Siboney, Santander. Arte Santander
2008, Galería Blanca Soto Arte (Madrid), Santander.
Ceci n’est pas a livre, Facultad de Bellas Artes de Madrid.


XVII Certamen de Artes plásticas UNED, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, Madrid
Madrid 06 Arte, 20º Aniversario de la movida madrileña, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.


Mirador 05, Berzosa del Lozoya, Madrid.


Ensalada de bombilla, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.


Degree Show, Camberwell College of arts, London.


Mirador 07, Intermediae, Matadero Madrid.


Proyectos curatoriales/Curatorials Projects
Codirector de Mirador, Plataforma Cultural de Difusión de prácticas artísticas emergentes.


Becas y premios/Awards and Grants
XVII Premio de Artes Plásticas UNED, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, Madrid.


Premio Caja Madrid.
70 salón de otoño, Asociación de Pintores y Escultores de Madrid.


Premio de pintura Aldeasa, Espacios Aldeasa, Madrid.


Premio de pintura Manuel Viola, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid.

Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museums and Collections
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED.
Obra Social Caja Madrid.
Fundación Fernando Mª Centenera Jaraba, Guadalajara.
Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Colección Ángeles Baños, Badajoz.
Ayuntamiento de San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid.

Alonso Molina, Óscar, “Carácter destructivo”, ABCD las artes y las letras, n.890, 21-27/II/2009.
De la Torre Amerighi, Iván, “Santiago Talavera”, 967Arte, n.4, Albacete, Asociación Castellano-Manchega de Divulgación Artística, ACDA, IX/2009, pp. 2 y ss.
"Paisajes imaginarios", Santander, Galería Siboney, 2008, Cat. Exp.
XVII Certamen de Artes Plásticas de la UNED, Madrid, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, 2007, Cat. Exp.
70 salón de otoño, Madrid, Asociación de pintores y escultores de Madrid, 2003, Cat. Exp.
De Blas, Mariano, “Santiago Talavera”, Díptico Exp., Madrid, Premio de pintura Aldeasa, 2002.

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