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.

Questions

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.

Interview

http://archivodecreadores.es/file/3/3678/3678.flv

Curriculum vitae

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

 

Formación Académica/Education
2005
Máster Profesional de desarrollo de aplicaciones interactivas, CICE-Escuela Profesional de Nuevas Tecnologías, Madrid.

 

2004
Licenciado en Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

 

2003
Beca Erasmus, Camberwell College of Arts, London.

 

Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
2011
En la vida anterior, Centre Municipal d'Exposiciones d'Elx, Alicante.

 

2010
1979, Galería La Lisa Arte Contemporáneo, Albacete.
Alejarse lo multiplica, Just Madrid, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.

 

2009
Que el destino de las cosas se decida en lugares pequeños, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.

 

2005
Llegar a ser océano, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.

 

2002
Premio de pintura Aldeasa, Espacios Aldeasa, Madrid.
 

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
2011
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.

 

2010
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.
 

 

2009
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.

 

2008
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.

 

2007
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.

 

2005
Mirador 05, Berzosa del Lozoya, Madrid.

 

2004
Ensalada de bombilla, Galería Blanca Soto Arte, Madrid.

 

2003
Degree Show, Camberwell College of arts, London.

 

Proyectos/Projects
2007
Mirador 07, Intermediae, Matadero Madrid.

 

Proyectos curatoriales/Curatorials Projects
2008-2005
Codirector de Mirador, Plataforma Cultural de Difusión de prácticas artísticas emergentes. www.miradores.org

 

Becas y premios/Awards and Grants
2007
XVII Premio de Artes Plásticas UNED, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, Madrid.

 

2003
Premio Caja Madrid.
70 salón de otoño, Asociación de Pintores y Escultores de Madrid.

 

2002
Premio de pintura Aldeasa, Espacios Aldeasa, Madrid.

 

2001
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.

Bibliografía/Bibliography
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.
 

Contacto/Contact
Estudio: C/ Manuel 6 Bajo
28015, Madrid
(+34) 617605126

info@santiagotalavera.com

Galería Blanca Soto Arte
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