Santiago Montoya

(Bogota, Colombia 1974 -)


Biography

Born in 1974 in Bogotá, Colombia, Santiago Montoya now lives and works in Miami, USA.

Montoya’s practice has been dedicated to the exploration of notions of value, nationalism, commodities and the universal consequences and nuances of the production and distribution of wealth. Initially a painter, an inspired digression was to incorporate the actual raw materials in his work – global currencies, gold, silver, copper and other precious materials – exposing the gulf between official state ideologies and reality itself. Montoya captures the collective consciousness, questioning the systems of power and shining a light on the disparities, injustices, and the absurd. Montoya’s works combine a wry humour and acute insight on a global subject that affects us all, and the inherent systems and structures that we live by.

Recent exhibitions include ‘Elsewhere(s)’ at Untitled Art Fair, curated by José Luis Falconi and Estrellita Brodsky, Miami; ‘Seeds of Resistance’ at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan, USA and Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C. Montoya has upcoming solo exhibitions at the Somerville Museum in Massachusetts, USA and DRCIAS at Harvard, Massachusetts, USA in 2022. Montoya’s work is highly collected in both public and private collections, including MFA Boston, AMA Washington D.C, Jill & Peter Kraus, and Estrellita & Daniel Brodsky, amongst others.

Work Selection

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Wall of Lamentations VII

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World Map (Vale un Peru)