Curtis Talwst Santiago (Biography)

Curtis Talwst Santiago – Biography



Certificate Program, New York Studio School, New York, USA


Apprenticeship with Aboriginal Artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Vancouver, British Columbia


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



Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), Costa Mesa, USA (upcoming)


A man not in the mood for salsa, Martina Simeti, Milan, Italy


Color is the First Revelation of the World, Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa, USA 

Moving through burning haze, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada

JOYvastated, Nir Altman, Munich, Germany

Play a mas, curated by Capsule Gallery and Megan Connolly, Art Brussels 2023, Belgium


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


Seeing angels, Galleria Martina Simeti, Milan, Italy

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

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

Liming Still, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Canada


Liming, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Infinity Series, The Rooms, St. Johns, Canada

Can’t I Alter, The Drawing Center, New York, New York, USA

Curtis Talwst Santiago an erratum, Rachel Ufner Gallery, New York, USA

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

Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA


By Sea, Rachel Ufner Gallery, New York, New York, USA


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

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


Drawings and Miniatures, Rachel Ufner Gallery, New York, USA

Market Value, Lord Ludd, Philadelphia, USA

Spring Break Art Fair, curated by Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori, New York, USA

iAPM Exhibition, curated by Imagine Lab, Shanghai, China 


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


Death of Swag, Fuse Gallery, New York, USA


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


Swagged Out, Chuck Akudu Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton, Canada


Troubadour, The Drake General Store, Toronto, Canada


Paintings by Curtis Santiago, Grace Gallery, Vancouver, Canada



City life, V1 Gallery, Copenhager, Denmark


Poetry of the evident, Galerie Droste, Düsseldorf, Germany

Portrait of an Unlikely Space, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA


Smaller Worlds, curated by Zsuzska Petró, group exhibition and commission, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

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

Night Painting, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Everyday Secret, LUCE Gallery, Turin, Italy

THE GATE: Imagine the City, Hamburg, Germany

Aldrich Care Box, The Aldridge Museum, Ridgefield, USA

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

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


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


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


Ten Years, Rachel Ufner Gallery, New York, USA

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, USA

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

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

Declaration, Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA

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, USA

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

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, USA

Yard Show, curated by Marcus Jahmal, SHRINE, New York, USA


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

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

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

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


Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman, Hunter College East Gallery, New York, USA

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

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

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

Onion by the Ocean, curated by Essye Klempner, Underdonk, Brooklyn, USA

Built, World, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA


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

Ghost Van Installation, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche Toronto, Canada

A to Z, Galerie White Project, Paris, France

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


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

Control, Hunt Club Gallery, Toronto, Canada

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

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


Little Salon, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Canada (Invitational)

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

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


Good to See You, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada (Invitational)

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


Live Painting Performance, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

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

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


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

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



Likkle Things, The New York Studio School, New York, USA



Fountainhead, Miami, Florida

Banff Centre for Art and Creativity, Canada


UT School of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee USA

senzatitolo. residency, Ravenna, Italy


Black Rock, Dakar, Senegal


Palazzo Monti Residencia, Brescia, Italy


HANGAR Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal


Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, USA

Gallery MOMO, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa


Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, USA


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

Education programme with Peel District School Board, Canada



Canada Council for the Arts Digital Grant


Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Concept to Realization


Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Grant


Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant


Canada Council Travel Grants to Professional Artists


Scion Artist Session Grant


FACTOR Independent Sound Recording Grant FACTOR Showcase Grant


CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award

FACTOR Emerging Artist Sound Recording Grant

FACTOR Marketing Grant for Sound Recording



Alien Tentacle Sex


Have Mercy (Mixtape)




Portrait of an Artist



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


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


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


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


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


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


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”,


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


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


“Art and Sole,” InStyle, Toronto, Canada


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


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


The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA