Well-known in his Native country of Colombia for his work with microcosms found in Soap Bubbles, as well as Fashion Photography and Painting, the artist had to start again from nothing.
Betancur has fought demons, celebrated kindness, and questioned every aspect of what it means to be human in this place, in this time and with other beings like, and unlike, himself. Moreover, the artist has documented each agonizing step as meticulously as each elated one through his artwork.
Communion and connection with the universal subconscious is central to Betancur’s painting. Communication was always a challenge for the artist and lead him to develop his own language through imagery, brushstrokes, color and textures.
The human body with its many layers of flesh, muscle, and vital organs takes
center stage as the conduit for Betancur’s discourse with his audience. Each strained gestures speaks the burden of survival, each figure in repose whispers a relief short-lived as the shadows themselves breathe and quiver.
Betancur’s work seeks to “kill fear by facing monsters”, remove the shelter of our skins to celebrate vulnerability as the means to self-actualization, and explore the mundane and spiritual duality of the human condition. Betancur’s paintings are striking, sensual, grotesque, intriguing, and will cause “discomfort in people who hide from their true selves”.
In this clip from www.artistshousemusic.org – Giora Breil, Senior Vice President of E Musica, discusses his background in the music industry. He explains how he started off in advertising and came to the United States. Giora then talks about his early career and after working in advertising how he began working for Telemundo when it was first started. At Univision he was given a job where he was given the task of getting rid of the inventory of Latin albums and thus became involved in the music industry and developed contacts with various Latin recod labels.
"...The images portray torsos of iconic archetypes of soldiers or Centauric references to man animals who would certainly devour the innocent observer, if the creatures were to be real. The dark, reddish dried blood colors intensify the awe of the images and, heightened by uneven textured layers of oil, increase the sensation that these images are indeed alive. The experience of meeting his oils was like meeting for the first time a menacing dog. You stretch out your hand gingerly as the animal comes closer, sniffs the hand and most of the time starts wiggling his/her tail..
...As an artist Santiago is keenly connected to the beat of his inner drums evoking ECHOES of the divine and at the same time becoming aware of his very own human condition.
For one Santiago is all about art and the craft of same. His creative DNA is authentic, anchored in Humanistic values and deep understanding of his responsibility as artist. These ethical energies have catapulted him to be one of the most important working artists in South Florida. His works are at par with the British painter Francis Bacon(Santiago and Francis must have met in prior incarnations). Fact is Francis Bacon's works are no longer affordable for the average collectors.His works are at the level of museum acquisitions paid for by endowments..." Giora Breil
Acrylic on Canvas
72" x 92"
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Body, Death & Spirit
I've been working in this serie. I made them thinking about the suffering of people affected by the virus.
Feel the struggle to breathe.... to Live.
Find a way to help them.
Sculptures by Santiago Betancur
Miami - Florida
"Wolfed" Acrylic on canvas. 48 x 76 in.
"Studying Da' Vinci". Acrylic/Oil on canvas. 6, 5 x 6,5 in.
Solo show at Colombian Consulate in Miami. 2014
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