Canada, 1979. Lives and works in Munich

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

2007-2010   Apprenticeship with Aboriginal Artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Vancouver, British Columbia

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


Solo and two person exhibitions

2021   Seeing angels, Galleria Martina Simeti, Milan, Italy ( 8 June – 24 July 2021)
           Care Package, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum – commissioned edition project

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

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


Selected group exhibitions

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

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 Stated
           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)



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


Grants and awards

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
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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.                     1/episode-7/38e815a-00f6dca0197 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


Public collections

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY