Santiago Galeas is an emerging artist working in the Philadelphia area. Born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Galeas moved to Philadelphia to seek an education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and then remained to then pursue a career as a figurative painter. Galeas has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows, including Art Basel Miami 2016, and has upcoming exhibitions in Denver and a solo in Philadelphia’s A Seed on Diamond Gallery. Aside from exhibiting, publications have recently been showcasing his work including The Huffington Post, the cover of Poets and Artists Magazine, and several local newspaper sources. He has also recently completed a month long residency with 360 Xochi Quetzal, residing and working in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.
Specializing in figurative oil paintings, he has a diverse range of subjects that address varying concepts in portraiture. He has utilized his atelier style training and relied heavily on anatomy and structure, though reinterpreted in a personal style. With strong influences from both traditional Alla Prima portrait painters and the Abstract Expressionist era, this distorted imagery often results in a covenant between representation and abstraction. Galeas’ paintings serve as a link between subject and viewer: an encounter that is often confrontational, and often face to face.