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I grew up in Santiago de Chile during the transition to democracy. I learned firsthand what it was like to gain personal freedoms and to experience the modernization of a city. My work investigates how humans assimilate to their current landscape through their bodies, showing us as ephemeral codes in the crowd.

Santiago Ascui

About the Artist

Santiago-Ascui

Chilean artist Santiago Salvador Ascui (b. 1983) paints melodic, colorful arrays of pattern-like assembled figures and faces. Rendered with a hand-painted care, the artist employs careful lines and bright tones to create figurative meditations on color that guide the viewers’ eye along on a journey of chroma and hue. While his works are vibrant, decorative, and conjure up a sense of fun and happiness, Ascui’s deliberate use of repetition and unification through his subject matter suggests a feeling of monotony and conformity, alluding to a critique of modern consumer culture.

News and Notables
  • Solo Exhibition, El Tiempo Que Se Mira, Galeria Animal, 2019

  • Exhibited at Corey Helford Gallery, 2019

  • Featured in Vice, 2016