Paula Santiago

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Paula Santiago (born in Guadalajara in 1969) is a Mexican mixed media artist whose works have been displayed at the Monterrey Museum of Modern Art and several galleries in Europe and North America.[1] Most of her work stands out by being made with her own blood and hair.[2]

Artistic development[edit]

Santiago studied Industrial Engineering at the Panamerican University in her native Guadalajara but, in spite of being a good pupil, she eventually dropped out and left for Paris where she took up Literature and Art History at the Sorbonne.[3][4] Later on she moved to London and started working on her pieces. She considers herself at odds with the current trends in art. Specially with the art industry and academicism. During an interview she stated: "I didn't want to work with concepts; I wanted to work with my life.[5]


Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Twentieth-Century Mexican Art - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD La Jolla, La Jolla, CA (Collective)

Viva la Vida: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism - Wellington City Gallery, Wellington (Collective)

Flor y Canto - Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX (Collective)

  • 2004 Paula Santiago - Trabajos sobre Papel - KESSLER - BATTAGLIA GALERIA DE ARTE, Valencia (Individual)

Vibra Optica - City Art Museum Ljubljana - Mestna Galerija 2, Ljubljana (Collective)

  • 2005 Colección Femsa - una mirada continental - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL (Collective)

Hair Raising - ICA - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA (Collective)

  • 2007 Paulo Santiago - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL (Individual)
  • 2008 - Historia de mujeres - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Monterrey, NL (Collective)

Publications and interviews[edit]

  • Arriola, Magali. Asi esta la cosa: instalacion arte-objeto en America Latina. Art Nexus, No 26, October –December 1997.
  • ibid. Pleura, Poliester magazine, Fall, 1996.
  • Becerra, Daniela. Explosion Tapatia, Harper’s Bazaar, October, 1996.
  • Lara, Baudelio. Paula Santiago. Relicarios, Luvina, No 1, January- February 1996.
  • Garcia Machuca, Marcela. Entre Objetos Sangre y Cabellos, El Norte, September 2, 1995.
  • Lozano, Luis Martin. Inquietudes Corporales. Reforma: El Angel. Octubre 6, 1996.
  • Moncada, Adriana. El Cuerpo y la Naturaleza. Uno Mas Uno. August 9, 1996.
  • Tibol, Raquel. La Primera Individual de Paula Santiago en el Distrito Federal, Proceso, August 18, 1996.
  • ibid. Paula Santiago, Nuevo Foro Universidad de Monterrey, September 1996.
  • ibid. Dos Mujeres en Monterrey, Proceso, September 18, 1995.
  • Naranjo, Eduardo. Instalaciones con forma de mujer, Siglo 21, August 9, 1995.
  • Mosquera, Gerardo. Beyond the Fantastic: Contemporary Art Criticism in Latin America, INIVA, London, 1994.


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