Santiago Alemán was born in 1972 in La Almarcha (Spain) as Julian Ramirez Rentero and currently lives and works in London. He studied Architecture, Landscaping and Fine Arts at universities in Spain, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, and has taught Architecture Concepts at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. Aleman has exhibited his work in the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Spain and China, in 2016 he was one of the artists in residence at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel. Most recently, Santiago’s work is shown at the 58th Art Biennale in Venice, Italy.
Now Alemán is directing his creative attention to the observation of the urban and natural environments, in particular focusing on forms, colours, shapes, textures and materials, and finally translating them into abstract compositions. Hidden behind what seems to be a simple aesthetic is a multiplicity of meanings related to the concepts of social and personal evolution. His particular interest in the vernacular is expressed through the use of local materials, unrelated to traditional pictorial techniques, which allow the artist to connect with the essence of the place where the works are created, in this case Shanghai. His abstract works leave the viewer with the possibility to interpret them in a free and subjective way. The exhibition ‘Natural Light’ at JITU Creative Space consists of paintings the artist has created during his stay in China. Among them the series ‘Fiat Lux (Let There Be Light)’, ‘Intentions’, ‘Lux Tribus’ and ‘Green Skin’.
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