Canada, 1979. Lives and works in Munich

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2017        Certificate Program, New York Studio School, New York, United States

2007/10  Apprenticeship with Aboriginal Artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Vancouver, British Columbia

2007        Emily Carr Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting), Vancouver, British Columbia





2022        Pay De Devil – Brang! Brang! – Pay De Devil, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2021        Seeing angels, Galleria Martina Simeti, Milan, Italy ( 8 June – 24 July 2021)

                Care Package, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum – commissioned edition project 

                My Voice Can Be Like Charcoal, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, US

                Liming Still, Latitude 53, Edmonton Canada

2020        Liming, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

                Infinity Series, The Rooms, St. Johns, Canada

                Can’t I Alter, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, United States

                Curtis Talwst Santiago an erratum, Rachel Ufner Gallery, New York, United States

                Minimized Histories II, curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, Eli and Edythe Broad

                Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States

2018        By Sea, Rachel Ufner Gallery, New York, NY, United States

2017        Through the People We Are Looking at Ourselves, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada (with Tau Lewis)

                Curtis Santiago: Constructing Return, curated by Magdalyn Asimakis, University of Saskatchewan College Art Galleries,                                            Saskatoon, Canada

                Exceeding Return, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa

                Curtis Santiago, curated by Nicolas Etchenagucia, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

2016        Drawings and Miniatures, Rachel Ufner Gallery, New York, United States

                Market Value, Lord Ludd, Philadelphia, United States

                Spring Break Art Fair, curated by Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori, New York City, United States

                iAPM Exhibition, curated by Imagine Lab, Shanghai, China 

2015        The History of Touches, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

                Dock Art Fair, Lyon, France

                Talwst Outside, curated by Magdelyn Asimakis, Convenience Gallery, Toronto, Canada

                Nubians, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada

                Minimized Histories: Marginalization and Unrest in Talwst’s Infinity Series, curated by Stuart Keeler & Kendra Ainsworth,                                        Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada

2012        Death of Swag, Fuse Gallery, New York, United States

2011        Artrageous 3, Partners in Art and the AGO, Toronto, Canada

2010        Swagged Out, Chuck Akudu Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

                The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton, Canada

2009        Troubadour, The Drake General Store, Toronto, Canada

2008        Paintings by Curtis Santiago, Grace Gallery, Vancouver, Canada





2022        Group exhibition and commission, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (curated by Zsuzska Petró)

                These Are A Few of My Favorite Things, GAVLAK, Los Angeles, US

                Night Painting, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, US

2021        Everyday Secret, LUCE Gallery, Turin, Italy

                THE GATE: Imagine the City, Hamburg, Germany

                Aldrich Care Box, The Aldridge Museum, Ridgefield, CT

                West Bund Art & Design, presented by Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai, China

                FIAC 2021, presented by Rachel Uffner Gallery, Paris, France

2020        RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, curated by Cheryl Sim, PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal, Canada

2019        Toronto Biennial of Art, curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, Toronto, Canada

                Vernacular Interior, Hales New York, New York, United States

                Lararium, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, United States

                A Seed’s a Star, curated by Constance Tenvik, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2018        Ten Years, Rachel Ufner Gallery, New York, United States

                SITE.Lines 2018: Casa Tomada, curated by Ruba Katrib, Candice Hopkins, and José Luis Blondet, SITE Santa Fe,                                                  Santa Fe, New Mexico

                Dime-Store Alchemy, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, United States

                Multi Layered Surfaces, Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

                Exile Pavilion, curated by Marie Deparis and Mounir Fatmi for the French Institute of Saint-Louis in Senegal, Bienniale de                                        Dakar 2018

                Declaration, Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, United States

                Whispers That Got Away, curated by Atelier Céladon, SBC Gallery, Montreal, Canada

                All About Frank, curated by Arielle De St. Phalle and Taylor Roy, Spring/Break

                Art Fair Art Show at OLD SCHOOL, 32 Prince Street, New York, NY, USA

                Through That Which Is Seen, curated by Andrea Antonaccio-Wagner, Art Center, Palo Alto, United States

                Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, curated by Darci Hanna, Bakalar & Paine Galleries at                                                              Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, United States

                Yard Show, curated by Marcus Jahmal, SHRINE, New York, United States

2017        Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, curated by Johanna Burton, Natalie Bell, and Sara O’Keefe, New Museum,                                                     New York, United States

                Regarding the Figure, curated by Eric Booked, Connie H. Choi, Hallie Ringle, and Doris Zhao, Studio Museum in Harlem,                                           New York, United States

                Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

                Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, United States

2016        Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman, Hunter College East Gallery, New York, United States

                Power to the People, curated by Daisuke Takeya, Earth Plus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                Truth and Power, curated by Jamila Hooker, Arch Enemy Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                The Mecca, curated by Ray McAullife, JCT Gallery, Toronto, Canada

                Onion by the Ocean, curated by Essye Klempner, Underdonk, Brooklyn, United States

                Built, World, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, United States

2015        A Constellation, curated by Amanda Hunt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York,NY

                Ghost Van Installation, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche Toronto

                A to Z, Galerie White Project, Paris

                Massive 11, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario (Juried ) * Acting as Artistic Director & featured artist

2014        Artifacts/Landscapes, curated by Rajni Perera, OCAD Student Gallery, Toronto,Ontario

                Control, Hunt Club Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

                To Store and Organize Materials, Gag Bit Vinyl, Brooklyn, New York (Juried)

                Massive 10, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario (Juried)

2013        Little Salon, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario (Invitational)

                Mama Birding, Communications Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (Invitational)

                Mama Birding, Loom Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (Invitational)

2011        Good to See You, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario (Invitational)

                The Cheaper Show no.10, Vancouver, British Columbia (Juried) Winter Interlude, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2010        Live Painting Performance, Vancouver Art Gallery

                The Cheaper Show no.9, Vancouver, British Columbia (Juried)

                Vancouver Olympic Art galleries, Vancouver, British Columbia (Curated by Rachel Zottenberg)

2009        The Cheaper Show no.8, Vancouver, British Columbia (Juried)

                Cape Town Shake Down, Studio Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (Juried)





2021        Likkle Things, The New York Studio School, New York, US





2022       UT School of Art, Knoxville, TN

                senzatitolo. residency, Ravenna, Italy

2021        Black Rock, Dakar, Senegal

2019        Palazzo Monti Residencia, Brescia, Italy

2018        HANGAR Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal

2017        Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

                Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, United States

                Gallery MOMO, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

2016        Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, United States

2015        Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium Foundation

                Education programme with Peel District School Board

2014        Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium Foundation

                Education programme with Peel District School Board





2020        Canada Council for the Arts Digital Grant

2019        Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Concept to Realization

2018        Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Grant

2014        Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

2011        Canada Council Travel Grants to Professional Artists

2010        Scion Artist Session Grant

2005        FACTOR Independent Sound Recording Grant FACTOR Showcase Grant

2003        CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award

                FACTOR Emerging Artist Sound Recording Grant

                FACTOR Marketing Grant for Sound Recording





2012        Alien Tentacle Sex

2009        Have Mercy (Mixtape)

2006        TKO

2003        Portrait of an Artist





2020       RELATIONS, Diaspora and Painting, Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, QC, Canada

               Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can’t I Alter, The Drawing Center, New York, United States

               Galleries West, Exhibition of miniature dioramas turns up the Caribbean party heat Canadian Art, Interviews, Curtis                                                 Talwst Santiago on Drawing Online and Building Exhibitions During a Pandemic

2018       In the Making. “Curtis Talwst Santiago.” Season 1, Episode 7. CBC. November 2.                                                                                              

               Jillian Steinhauer, “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week,” The New York Times, July 17.

               Kathaleen Roberts, “Broken Boundaries,” Albuquerque Journal, July 13.

               Ayasha Guerin, “Black Passages: Curtis Talwst Santiago interviewed by Ayasha Guerin,” BOMB Magazine, June 12.

               Claire Selvin, “Here’s the Artist List for the 2018 Edition of SITElines,” ARTNews, May 14

               Loney Abrams, “8 Show-Stopping Artworks at Frieze for Under $10,000,”  Artspace Magazine, May 4.

               “The Twenty-Five,” Cultured Magazine, pg. 75, May/June

               Andrea K. Scott, “A Secret Exhibit That’s Better Than an Art Fair,” The New Yorker, March 14.

2017        Charles Reeve, “Tau Lewis, Curtis Santiago and Daniel Rios Rodriguez,” frieze, September 1

                Tyler Akers, “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” GAYLETTER, August

                Gabrielle Moser. “Critics’ Pick, Tau Lewis and Curtis Santiago,” Artforum

                August Terence Dick, “Tau Lewis & Curtis Santiago at Cooper Cole,” Akimbo, August

2016        Mira Dayal, “Drawing a Line: ‘A Constellation’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Art Criti- cal, April 16

                Cristina Vatulescu, “Art and Law Enforcement in a Ring Box: Talwst’s Miniature  Aesthetic Revolution”, The Brooklyn                                               Rail, March 4

                Jillian Steinhauer, “Spring/Break, a Sprawling Alternative Art Fair that Delivers”, Hyperal-lergic, March 3

                Alexandra Fowle, “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?”, The Brooklyn Rail, February 3, 2016

2015        Alice Newell-Hanson, “Talwst Recreates Miniature Historical Atrocities in Antique Jewelry Boxes”, Vice i-D, December 3

                “Talwst’s tiny boxes are making a big mark on the art world,” CBC Arts,  November 4

                 Katie Lawson, “Talwst: The History of Touches at Angell Gallery,”

                 October Genista, “Artist Talwst Makes Unique Miniature Worlds Inside Antique Ring Boxes,” Beautiful/Decay, May 5

                 Adam Lehrer, “Canadian-Trinidadian Mixed-Media Artist Talwst Explores Art History in a Fresh Context”, Forbes,                                                  April 29

                Jef Hamamda, “Ring box Dioramas by Talwst”, booooooom, April 3

                 Daniel Otis, “The Miniature World of Talwst: Toronto’s lord of the ring boxes,” The Toronto Star (print), March 20

                 Nastia Voynovskya, “Talwst’s Miniature Dioramas Culture,” Hi-Fructose, March 10

                 Kathryn Bromwich,“The Imaginative Ring-Box Art of Talwst”,The Guardian, March 7

2012         Aaron Berger, “Swagged Out”, Beautiful Decay

                 Lauren Festa, “Death of Swag”, ThinkContra

                 Zoe Pawlak, “I Am Jealous of Talwst”, The Jealous Curator, July 2

                 Cedar Pasori, “TALWST’s ‘Death of Swag’ Exhibit Opening at NYC’s Fuse Gallery”, Complex, August 14

                 Saskia Channel, “TALWST”,

                “Talwst,” The Lab Magazine, Issue 6

2011         Natalie Ast, “7 Artists 7 Senses 7 for all mankind”, Women’s Post, Toronto, Canada

                 Andrew Wallace, “A Restless Creator Finds Inspiration in Street Art”, Metro, Toronto, Canada

                 Papillion Institute of Art, “Arte: Curtis Santiago”,

2010         Lexa Naicu, “Curtis Santiago,” Skewed Magazine, Issue 9, March/April “Spot Check,” Red Bull TV Germany

2009         Steve Shon, “In Music: Curtis Santiago”, TCHAD

2008        “Art and Sole,” InStyle, Toronto, Canada

2004         Martin Turenne, “Curtis Santiago”,, February 26th

2003         Tim Lee, “An Essay on Curtis Santiago”, Cahier D’activite, Issue No.2, Winter





The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY