Curtis Talwst Santiago (b. 1979, Edmonton, Alberta) studied as an apprentice of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Santiago has exhibited internationally at venues such as The Drawing Center, New York, NY; The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; The New Museum, New York, NY; The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada; The Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; Osage Gallery, Hong Kong and the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; among others. The artist was included in the inaugural 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art in Toronto, Canada, the SITE Santa Fe SITELines.2018 Biennial, Casa Tomada, in Santa Fe, NM, was featured in the 2018 Biennale de Dakar in Dakar, Senegal and in September 2021, he was an Artist in Residence at Kehinde Wiley's Black Rock Senegal. He is currently an active board member on the Board of Directors for the Drawing Center in New York and a visiting professor and Artist in Residence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville until May 2022. His works are in multiple permanent museum collections. Santiago considers himself decentralized and is currently living and working in Munich, Germany.
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