Curtis Santiago (b.1979, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a former apprentice of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Santiago has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows including at the Studio Museum, Harlem; Rachel Uffner, Hunter College, New York; Perez Art Museum, Miami; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cooper Cole, Toronto; the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada. Following his artist-in-residency at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, USA, he participated in a residency with Gallery MOMO, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, Africa. In 2018, the artist was included in the SITE Santa Fe SITELines.2018 Biennial in Santa Fe and in the Biennale de Dakar in Dakar, Senegal. He is currently featured in the Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto, Canada. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem, USA. Santiago lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.


Born 1979, Toronto, Canada
Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal


Studio School, New York, USA

Apprenticeship with Aboriginal Artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Vancouver, Canada

Attended Emily Carr Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting), Vancouver, Canada

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

The Drawing Center, New York, USA (Forthcoming)

By Sea, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, USA
Minimized Histories II, curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA

Through the people we are looking at ourselves, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Curtis Santiago Exhibition, curated by Magdalyn Asimakis, University of Saskatchewan College Art Galleries, Saskatoon, Canada
Exceeding Return, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa
HISTORY BOX OFFICE, curated by Nicolas Etchenagucia, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva,

Curtis Talwst Santiago: Drawings and Miniatures, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, USA
iAPM exhibition, curated By Imagine Lab, Shanghai, China
Spring Break Art Fair, curated by Ambre Kelly & Andrew Gori), New York, USA

Dock Art Fair, Lyon, France
History of Touch, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Talwst Outside, Convenience Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Nubians, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada
Minimized Histories: Marginalization and unrest in Talwst infinity series, curated
by Stuart Keeler & Kendra Ainsworth, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada

Death of Swag at Fuse Gallery, New York, USA

Artageous 3, Partners in Art and the AGO, Toronto, Canada

Swagged Out, Chuck Akudu Gallery, Toronto, Canada
The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton, Canada

Troubadour, The Drake General Store, Toronto, Canada

Paintings by Curtis Santiago, Grace Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Group Exhibitions

Paul R. Jones Museum, Tuscaloosa, USA (Forthcoming)

occupy and echo (a stage), curated by Tom Polo, Reading Room, Melbourne, Australia
Toronto Biennial of Art, curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, Toronto, Canada
Lararium, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
A Seed’s a Star, curated by Constance Tenvik, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Vernacular Interior, curated by Adeze Wilford, Hales New York, New York, USA
Present Passing: South by Southeast, curated by Patrick D. Flores and Natasha Becker, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China

Ten Years, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, USA
SITElines.2018: Casa Tomada, curated by Ruba Katrib, Candice Hopkins, and José Luis Blondet, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA
Dime-Store Alchemy, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA
Multi Layered Surfaces, Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Exile Pavilion, curated by Marie De Paris and Mounir Fatmi, Bienniale de Dakar 2018, French Institute of Saint-Louis, Senegal
Declaration, Contemporary Art (ICA), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
Whispers That Got Away, curated by Atelier Céladon, SBC Gallery, Montreal, Canada
All About Frank, curated by Arielle De St. Phalle and Taylor Roy, SPRING/BREAK Art Fair Art Show at OLD SCHOOL, New York, USA
Through That Which Is Seen, curated by Andrea Antonaccio-Wagner, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, USA
Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, Bakalar & Paine Galleries at Mass Art, Boston, USA
Yard Show, curated by Marcus Jahmal, SHRINE, New York, USA
SITElines Biennial, curated by Ruba Katrib Candice Hopkins and José Luis Blondet, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Triggered, curated by Johanna Burton, Natalie Bell and Sara O’Keeffe, New Museum, New York, USA
1:54 African Art Fair, with Momo Gallery, London, England
Declaration, Contemporary Art (ICA), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
Regarding the Figure, curated by Eric Booker, Connie H. Choi, Hallie Ringle and Doris Zhao, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, USA
Nada Art Fair Basel, with Rachel Uffner Gallery, Miami, USA
Museum of Capitalism, curated by Andrea Steves & timothy Furstnau, Oakland, USA
Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA

Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman, Hunter College East Gallery, New York, USA
Power to the People, curated by Daisuke Takeya, Earth Plus Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Truth and Power, curated by Jamila Hooker, Arch Enemy Art Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
The Mecca, curated by Ray McAuliffe, JCT Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Onion by the Ocean, curated by Essye Klempner, Underdonk, Brooklyn, USA
Built, World, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA

A Constellation
, The Studio Museum, New York, USA
Ghost Van Installation, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada
A to Z, Galerie White Project, Paris, France
Massive 11, (Artistic Director & features artist), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Lanmo, Toronto International Art Fair, (Performance Piece commissioned by the AGO), Toronto, Canada
Artifacts/Lanscapes, OCAD Student Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Control, Hunt Club Gallery, Toronto, Canada
To Store and Organize Materials, (Juried), Gag Bit Vinyl, Brooklyn, USA
Massive 10, (Juried), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Little Salon: These Post-Neo-Pop Like Days, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Canada
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finalist, (Juried), RUSH Arts, New York, USA
Annual Manifesto Festival Art Exhibition, Toronto, Canada
Mama Birding, Communications Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Mama Birding, Loom Galler, Brooklyn, USA

Good to See You, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada
7 Senses, 7 For All Man Kind, Toronto, Canada
The Cheaper Show no.10, Vancouver, Canada
Winter Interlude, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Live Painting Performance, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
The Cheaper Show no.9, Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver Olympic Art galleries, curated by Rachel Zottenberg,  Vancouver, Canada

The Cheaper Show no.8, Vancouver, Canada
Cape Town Shake Down, Studio Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

Canada Council Travel Grants to Professional Artists

Scion Artist Session Grant

FACTOR Independent Sound Recording Grant
FACTOR Showcase Grant

CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award
FACTOR Emerging Artist Sound Recording Grant
FACTOR Marketing Grant for Sound Recording


Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, USA
Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa

Pioneer Works, Red Hook, USA

Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium
Foundation Education programme with Peel District School Board

Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium
Foundation Education programme with Peel District School Board


Jeff Hamamda, “Ring box Dioramas by Talwst”,, Vancouver, Canada

Aaron Berger, “Swagged Out”, Los Angeles,
Lauren Festa, “Death of swag” Opening Reception at Fuse Gallery New York City,, New York, New York
Cedar Pasori, TALWST’s “Death of Swag” Exhibit Opening at NYC’s Fuse Gallery,, New York, New York
Saskia Channel, TALWST,, Georgia, United States
Zoe Pawlak, I Am Jealous of Talwst,

Natalie Ast, 7 Artists 7 Senses 7 for all mankind, Women’s Post, Toronto, Ontario
Andrew Wallace, A Restless Creator Finds Inspiration in Street Art, Toronto, Ontario
Papillion Institute of Art, Arte: Curtis Santiago,, Los Angeles, California

Featured Visual Artist, Curtis Santiago, Skewed09,, Vancouver, British Columbia
Lexa Naicu, interview, Getting to Know Curtis Santiago in Almost 21 Questions,, Vancouver, British Columbia

Steve Shon, In Music: Curtis Santiago, TCHAD

Martin Turenne, Curtis Santiago,, Vancouver, British Columbia

Tim Lee, An Essay on Curtis Santiago, Cahier D’activite (No.2 Winter Issue), Vancouver, British Columbia


The New Yorker Online review of A Constellations group exhibition
i-D magazine Online feature
Art Online review of History of Touches exhibition
Toronto Star print & online feature
CBC The Exhibitionist feature Online 7 Television, Canada
Toronto Star Print feature, New York
Bored Panda online feature
Beautiful Decay online feature
The Globe and Mail Online video Arts Feature, Toronto, Canada
The Guardian Observer Mar 8, Talwst Arts feature, United Kingdom

Lab Magazine Issue 6, Talwst, Los Angeles, California

Spot Check, Redbull TV, Germany

Have Mercy (Mixtape)

Art and Sole, Fashion TV InStyle, Toronto, Ontario

TKO (2nd Solo Album)

Portrait of an Artist (1st Solo Album)


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