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Santi Lara

Born in Tomelloso, 1975. Lara lives and works in Granada (Spain). PhD in Fine Arts (University Complutense of Madrid). After beginning his training at the San Carlos School of Fine Arts in Valencia, he later moved to the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid, where he graduated. He then went on to study at the Faculté d’Arts Plastiques in Bordeaux, from where he moved to Paris. Lara also spent long periods in Berlin. His career shows a wide recognition with awards such as the Royal Academy of Spain ,the Casa de Velázquez and GlogauAIR Berlin residencies.

Lara’s work has been exhibited in Spain, Germany, UK, Italy, and other European countries, and has been the recipient of several distinguished awards and scholarships for his ability to transport the paint to neighboring territories between reality and fiction.His figures levitate among forests and coexist with elements of contemporary culture.Lara’s aesthetics dissolves clear distinctions between avant-garde and mass culture and reveals the mechanisms of importance of the culture industry. His work is a reflection on the potentials of paintings in the era of media.