b. 1995 in Virginia

lives and works in Chicago, IL 

Education

 

2014 - 2018 Columbia College Chicago 

Selected Solo Exhibitions 

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

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

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)

2017 - Line Dot Editions, Chicago, IL, Juried Show 

2017 - Reunion Chicago, Chicago, IL, People's Collective 

2016 - Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL, Holiday Pop-Up Show 

2016 - Nych Gallery, Chicago, IL, People's Collective 

2015 - Lacuna Lofts, Chicago, IL, Degenerates Summer Collection 

Special Projects 

2019 - June Artist Resident  @Wndr Museum

2018- Silent Auction. Lake Shore Dive & The Lyte Collective

2018 - Shop Pop Box Commission for Store Opening 

2018 - Social Media Content for Mode PR

2018 - Commissioned mural for Blood Orange Short Film

2016 - Mural for Chicago Sleepers art event 

Publications

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   

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Born May 11, 1995 in Vienna, Virginia. His parents who immigrated from Guatemala and Bolivia exposed Santana to painting in a non-creative way while working in his father’s construction company in his early teen years. During the recession of 2008, him and his father would remove objects and furniture from foreclosed homes, then clean and paint the walls white, leaving no trace of its inhabitants. This was an emotional process for Santana but also gave him an awakening of value for material and life. Painting almost five houses a day, Santana began to realize the marks and stains, capturing movements of families who would live in the home prior to cleaning. Working with his father he learned the importance of aesthetics and functionality, he decided to pursue a more artistic practice and came to study at Columbia College Chicago in 2014. Upon moving to Chicago he was surrounded by creatives from all different realms: musicians, filmmakers, photographers, street artists, all great influences. The community Santana found himself in allowed for him to gain knowledge of different methods of painting, and support in the local industry. Through Santana’s paintings, drawings, and mixed media artworks, we are taken on deconstructed journeys. American landscapes, personal life events and celestial imagery are composed through Santana’s ‘Micro-Collision’ of marks and mediums. The vast openness of the canvas gives the viewer a chance to see the paintings as a much bigger part of the surrounding space, colors are transforming, transmuting, unlocking the passage of reality to a dream world. The minimal contents of his work makes us question if what Santana makes are paintings at all, it is puzzling and weird. There is an intriguing dark side but also formal precision. Roland Santana is a rainbow ranging from electric lime green to melancholic shades of purple and pink. He is luminous and dark. Today Roland Santana has gained the likes of several galleries and collectors and has participated in showcases in spaces such as Mana Contemporary, Chicago Art Department, Workshop 4200, Heaven Gallery, Chuquimarca Projects and more.