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Santiago Ydanez
b. 1967, Spain


Degree in Fine Arts by the University of Granada, Spain

Studios with Juan Genovés, Alfonso Albacete, Nacho Criado, Fernando Castro Flórez and Mitsuo Miura.

"Painting is an opaque mirror in which reality is reflected by the hand and the gaze of the artist. Conceived in this way, the painting becomes ductile, malleable, flexible and against reality, much more in this contemporary reality where the images live in complete harmony, while their content demystify solemnity. What I try to do is to reflect the promiscuity of pictures while my reality coexists in Western, post-modern, neo-baroque, iconographic and iconoclastic art. Therefore, if refractory status allows the luxury of mixing catholic virgins with topless nordic tourists, burnt forest with snow-capped mountains, stuffed animals with hunting dogs, costume festivities with sculptures of saints, or exotic animals loaded with ugliness and rarity with the strange beauty of insects, birds and shellfish ... all images live in a world of dreams, nightmares and shocking flashes".


Public Collections

Diputación de Jaén, Spain

Diputación de Segovia, Spain

Diputación de Albacete, Spain

Museo de Mojácar, Almería, Spain

Museo de Zabaleta, Spain

Fundación Marcelino Botín, Spain

Instituto de Estudos Jiennenses, Spain

Facultad de Bellas Artes de Granada, Spain

Junta Castilla-León, Contemporáneo. Spain

Coleção Arte Contemporânea, Spain

Museo Sofía Ímber, Caracas, Venezuela

Colección L’Oréal, Madrid

Museo Municipal de Madrid

Fundación Martínez-Guerricabeitia, Valencia, Spain

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

Colección ABC, Madrid 

Colección Caja Madrid, Madrid

Colección CAM Colección DKC, CAC Málaga, Spain

Centro Atlántico Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Las Palmas, Spain

Colección de la Comunidad de Murcia, Spain

Fundación Chirivella Soriano, Spain


Awards and Scholarships


Award 33° Premio de pintura BMW, Spain


Residency at Spanish Royal Academy in Rome


Residency at Casa Wabi, Puerto escondido, Mexico


First award, Premio ABC de Pintura, Spain

First award, Premio de Pintura Generación 2002, Caja Madrid, Madrid, Spain


Residency at Coleguio de España en París, Ministry of Culture, Paris


Grant Marcelino Botín Foundation, Santander, Spain


Grant Mojácar, Spain

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