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Fleisher From a Distance: Portrait Painting

If you haven’t taken Santiago Galeas’ very popular classes while he was one of our teaching artists, this is your chance to experience his wonderful teaching style. Santiago will demonstrate and explain how to add a second, more detailed layer to a loosely painted portrait. Discussion topics will also include painting a subject with indirect light, composing a portrait painting, recognizing facial structure, and mixing.

Santiago Galeas is an emerging artist currently working in New York. Born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, 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 portraiture concepts. 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.

This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 but is limited to a maximum number of 100 participants. Advanced registration is required. The event will be hosted through Zoom, which can be accessed on desktop and laptop computers, as well as mobile devices. We highly recommend downloading the Zoom app to your device in advance. You will receive a URL to join the event after you complete the registration process.