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Paintings by Santiago Flores-Charneco

OPENING FRIDAY, Feb 15, 2013
IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.
6:00pm • Free

Santiago Flores-Charneco is a Puerto Rican painter, born in Mayagüez 1967, who studied at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas (School of Fine Arts) de Puerto Rico, in San Juan. He finished a Master’s Degree in Painting at San Carlos Academy of the Autonomous
University of Mexico, and has been a teaching artist in the community arts program “Educarte” of the Municipality of San Juan and for Expresarte of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. He has given workshops on mosaics and visual arts to diverse
communities in Puerto Rico. His work is characterized by the fragmentation of the canvas, manually sewing pieces of paintings, drawings and graphics, over which, on occasions he also integrates the glossy
element of the sequin. The subject matter of his paintings revolves around stippling, the application of painted dots, which is characteristic of the traditional celebrations of the Caribbean such as carnivals and religious ceremonies that accompany these popular
festivities. The work of this artist has been awarded by the Ateneo Puertorriqueño, Unicaja Foundation, in Málaga, Spain, and received the recognition of the Fondo Puertorriqueño para el Financiamiento del Quehacer Cultural of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. He recently received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, in New York, as part of
their program for support and recognition of artists whose creative production is of
exceptional quality.