MARC STRAUS

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Antonio Santín’s ornamental rug paintings are labor intenseive, taking many months to complete. The technique of using realistic imagery to create optical illusions of depth dates back the work of Zeuxis (b. 464 BCE). We can reference the epic story of the birds that pecked at the painted grapes in a Zeuxis mural painting, as they looked so realistic. Like Zeuxis, Santín’s work depicts hyper-realistic renderings. In Santín’s case, they are of tapestries with shadows and forms creating realistic surfaces with the use of ancient techniques. To be clear, his approach is grounded in the traditional Spanish style of tenebrism and the Italian chiaroscuro. These techniques use extreme contrasts of light and dark to heighten surfaces and imagery to dramatic effect. Santín describes his work as “more real than reality itself.” With this statement Santín takes it further by squarely placing the work in the combined techniques of tenebrism, chiaroscuro, and trompe l’oeil, the no-tech version of what is today virtual, immersive reality.

Antonio Santín’s work has recently been exhibited at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY; lthra Museum Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; the Farjam Foundation, Dubai, UAE; Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; and the Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany. In 2021, his work was featured at the Shara Art Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His work was also featured in a solo exhibition at Sharjah Art Museum, UAE in 2016, and is held in numerous museums and private collections internationally.

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Selected Works
2022
Oil on canvas
63 x 86.63 in (160 x 220 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Eudaimonia

2022
Oil on canvas
63 x 86.63 in (160 x 220 cm)

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2021
Oil on canvas
70.9 x 78.7 in (180 x 200 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Muralla

2021
Oil on canvas
70.9 x 78.7 in (180 x 200 cm)

2021
Oil on canvas
39.37 x 36.614 in (100 x 93 cm)
 -  Marc Straus Gallery
Infinte Po

2021
Oil on canvas
39.37 x 36.614 in (100 x 93 cm)

2021
Oil on canvas
70.9 x 78.7 in (180 x 200 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Terminus

2021
Oil on canvas
70.9 x 78.7 in (180 x 200 cm)

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2021
Oil on canvas
39.37 x 35.83 in (100 x 91 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Zambra

2021
Oil on canvas
39.37 x 35.83 in (100 x 91 cm)

2021 
Oil on canvas 
62.9 x 86.6 in (160 x 220 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Anechoic Alibi

2021
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 86.6 in (160 x 220 cm)

2021
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 86.6 in (160 x 220 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Tears of Logic

2021
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 86.6 in (160 x 220 cm)

2021
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 78.7 in. (160 x 200 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Apollo

2021
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 78.7 in. (160 x 200 cm)

2021
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 86.6 in (160 x 220 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Alboroto

2021
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 86.6 in (160 x 220 cm)

2021
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 78.7 in. (160 x 200 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Chronocrator

2021
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 78.7 in. (160 x 200 cm)

2019
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 86.6 in (160 x 220 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Rules Were Made to be Brooklyn

2019
Oil on canvas
62.9 x 86.6 in (160 x 220 cm)

2020
Oil on canvas
84.6 x 59.1 inches (250 x 150 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Gaslighting Minuet

2020
Oil on canvas
84.6 x 59.1 inches (250 x 150 cm)

2020
Oil on canvas
59 x 84.6 inches (150 x 215 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Toast to Ashes

2020
Oil on canvas
59 x 84.6 inches (150 x 215 cm)

2020
Oil on canvas
49 x 79 inches (124.5 x 200.7 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
El Arbol de la Vidilla

2020
Oil on canvas
49 x 79 inches (124.5 x 200.7 cm)

2019
Oil on canvas
60 x 78.8 inches (152.4 x 200.2 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Elevator Pitch

2019
Oil on canvas
60 x 78.8 inches (152.4 x 200.2 cm)

2019
Oil on canvas
51.2 x 70.9 inches (130 x 180 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Pet Insurance

2019
Oil on canvas
51.2 x 70.9 inches (130 x 180 cm)

2018
Oil on Canvas
70.8 x 78.7 inches (180 x 200 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Coral Greed

2018
Oil on Canvas
70.8 x 78.7 inches (180 x 200 cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
67 x 71 inches (170 x 180 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Inappropriate Predictions

2017
Oil on Canvas
67 x 71 inches (170 x 180 cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
50 x 89 inches (127 x 226 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Win Win Way Out

2017
Oil on Canvas
50 x 89 inches (127 x 226 cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
47 x 86 inches (119.4 x 218 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Yes To Octopus

2017
Oil on Canvas
47 x 86 inches (119.4 x 218 cm)

Exhibitions
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July 11 - August 23, 2013

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