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 b. 1995 - Virginia

lives and works in Chicago, IL 

Education

 

2014 - 2018 Columbia College Chicago 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023 - Gola Space, Chicago, IL "Wild as the Wind"  

2022 - Belong Gallery, Chicago,IL, "Mega Mania"

2022 - Johalla Projects, The Cube DEMI, Chicago, IL,  "The Escapist Resort" 

2020 - Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago, IL 'The Gum Beneath Your Shoe'

2019 - Studio Racine, Comercio Popular, Don Julio Tequila, Chicago, IL, 'Amorfa'

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 - House of Vans Chicago, "Suelta" w/ Camilo Medina

2022 - New City Magazine & Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL, Breakout Artists Group Exhibition 

2021- Belong Gallery, Sabor Interno, w/ Marcelo Eli Sarimento 

2021 - Baby Blue Gallery x Rupture Chicago, Strawberry Moon

2021 - Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL, Mutations w/ Eli Merritt 

2020 - Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY, Mirror Eye, Yngspc x Far by Wide 

2019 - Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago, IL, Works on Paper Group Show

2019 - Chuquimarca Projects, Chicago, IL, Nada y Todo (w/ Marcelo Eli & Saul Palos)

2019 - Heaven Gallery, AMFM Booth, Chicago, IL, Alternative Space 

2019 - Workshop 4200, Epoch Entertainment, Chicago, IL,  Saturate 

2018 - Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL, AMFM Booth, The Other Art Fair 

2017 - Sidewinder Gallery, Chicago, IL, Exochrome (with Rory Scott & Eli Merritt)

Publications

NewCity 2023 Breakout Artist's Cover by Roland Santana

NewCity Magazine Breakout Artists of 2022, Written by Ciera McKissick 

Sixty Inches From the Center, "Roland Santana: The Gum Beneath Your Shoe"

Written by Lauren Iacoponi, September 15, 2020

 

Chicago Reader, "Our Favorite Things for Fall Arts", 2020

South Side Weekly Arts Issue 2019 Print Gallery

Cadera Magazine Issue 003, November 28, 2018 

Knack Magazine No. 48, 2017

Chicago Creatives Interview, by Nico Rud   

Roland - Wild as the Wind - 2023 - Color.jpg

Roland Santana is a Chicago based artist whose influences began from observing his father’s industrial processes while working as a house painter in the early 2000’s. Mostly growing familiar with domestic building materials and techniques, he began to incorporate them in his creative projects. Reclaimed foam, silicone, plaster, and concrete are some of his materials of preference. Santana’s interest in non-traditional materials has allowed him to have an expansive and open-ended body of work that is constantly evolving, steering clear of limits of every kind. Experimenting with ideas of scale and roles of materials he evokes a bold abstract language that carries a sculptural essence. Vibrant color decisions are unlocking spiritual dimensions, fostering intimacy with the unseen. Transforming, transmuting from reality to an euphoric dream world. Today Santana has gained the likes of several galleries and collectors and has participated in showcases in spaces such as NADA, AMFM, Belong Gallery, CAC, Ortega y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn, NYC), Baby Blue Gallery, Heaven Gallery, Chuquimarca Projects and is 2022's Breakout Artist for NewCity Magazine.

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