From La Mancha to New York

October 12, 2018 - February 16, 2019

Santiago Garci

Santiago Garci, a leading painter from Pedro Muñoz, Ciudad Real, Spain has had more than 80 exhibitions both in Spain and abroad, in galleries and international fairs of contemporary art. One of Pedro Muñoz’s well-known residents, Garci is a self-taught painter, researcher and inventor of the artistic movement known as Emotivism. In 2017, The Europa Forum awarded him the gold medal for his life-long career as a painter.

Awards

  • August 1988. First prize, in the fifth annual Cultural Week, Pedro Muñoz (Ciudad Real)
  • August 1992. First prize in the first visual arts competition, Julian del Pozo, Pedro Muñoz
  • August 2003. Selected for the international painting competition of Villarta (Cuenca)
  • 2004. Recipient of the Title of Honor from the magazine Steps for the artist’s career in Tomelloso (Ciudad Real)
  • August 2005. Selected for the XXVIII National Painting Contest of Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real)
  • March 2006. Diploma of Honor in the first Spring Salon for Tierras de Castilla organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors
  • July 2006. Prize for the top work related to wine in the fourth Napisa Prize for Quick Air Painting in Mota del Cuervo (Cuenca)
  • August 2006. Selected for the XXI International Painting Contest of Villarta (Cuenca)
  • May 2007. Fourth prize in the second painting competition of Our Lady of Good Childbirth, Pedro Muñoz
  • August 2001. Selected for the XV International Painting Competition, Alcazar de San Juan (Royal City)

Artist Website

About the Exhibit

"I am honored to present my paintings for the first time in New York, at the QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York. These works were created in the central region of Spain in Castilla-La Mancha, best known as the setting for Don Quixote, as well as for its glorious sunflowers and fertile olive groves. I would be delighted if the works can speak to an American audience to extend beyond the immediate impressions of time and place. As a painter I use visual means to create an experience that transcends the senses. I strive to encourage the viewer to find himself in the work.

I endeavor to make beautiful works to encourage a sense of well-being in the observer. I do not however equate beauty with mere prettiness but the ability of the painting to stimulate the emotions. The artist has the potential to communicate a range of thoughts and feelings—through rhythm, balance and harmony." – Excerpts of critical writings on the artist

 

"Significant painting is always more genuine when you can experience it directly. This allows you to feel close to the creator. Only then can you enter into your own feelings given the transparency with which the work was developed. The observer is led into the artist's experience to combine it with his own." – José Luis Marchante Araque, Art Critic

 

"Santiago Garci is a self-taught artist who was however deeply inspired by his countryman from the Ciudad Real region of Castilla-La Mancha: Antonio Lopez Torres, b.1902-d.1987. [Lopez Torres' paintings now comprise the Museo Antonio Lopez Torres in Tomelloso]. Garci's paintings similarly describe the Manchegan vineyards, the region's olive groves and sunflowers with a hyper-realist intensity, as these scenes may appear directly before us on a vivid sun-drenched day. The canvases too evoke a sense of time. Garci appreciates the region's historical journey from mule-driven wooden carriages and Roman plows to today's wineries that trade with the most demanding connoisseurs. Transcending his devotion to Lopez-Torres, Garci offers us a singular expression directly from his emotions to the eyes of the observer. So personal is the artist's new path that I would dare to say that Garci has invented a style that can be called emotivismo." – Miguel Ángel Garcia Brera, Journalist and Art Critic

 

 

  • Fotos para Alemania 1
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil on Linen
  • 2012
  • Fotos para Alemania 2
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil on Linen
  • 2012
  • Verano en la Mancha
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil on Linen
  • 100 x 81 cm
  • Por Haldudo
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil on Linen
  • 2012
  • Molinos en la noche I
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil on Linen
  • 92 x 73 cm
  • Paisaje con la Flor de Azafran
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil on Linen
  • 2013
  • Bodegon de Las Granadas
  • Santiago Garci
  • 2013
  • Membrillos
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil / canvas and cardboard
  • 65 x 54 cm
  • Uvas VII
  • Santiago Garci
  • El nido
  • Oil on Linen
  • 2012
  • Fotos de Paris
  • Santiago Garci
  • Nueva York I
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil on Linen
  • 81 x 65 cm
  • Fresas
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil on Linen
  • 2012
  • Untitled
  • Santiago Garci
  • La noche en La Mancha
  • Santiago Garci
  • Oil on Linen
  • 195 x 170 cm