Santiago Perez: in the night kitchen

6 - 22 May 2016

Santiago Pérez is known for paintings that explore a surreal adventure.  His panoply of characters mirror elements of the human condition.  Each figure is illustrated on metal, canvas, or linen with a personality that has developed increasingly over each series.  His smaller paintings convey a dramatic sense of immediacy, while his larger works are grand ruminations on art and life.


In this exhibition, Pérez draws from an absurdist tradition the stretches from Hieronymus Bosch and François Rabelais to twentieth century playwrights Alfred Jarry and Antonin Artaud.  His well-known characters such as Mergatroid, La Infanta, and Big Head, reappear in humorous yet tense circumstances as a cartoon-like manifestation of our own reality.  Painting deep into the night, Santiago Pérez creates a place where wit and concepts spar with conviction and where pure imagination reigns supreme.