Santiago Aguirre (b. December 13th, 1937) is a Venezuelan visual artist. He studied at the Cristóbal Rojas Visual Arts School and at the CONAC “Angelina Curiel” free workshop, ending in the late 90’s. He specialized in sculpture techniques, finding in its three-dimensionality his medium of expression, standing out in the wood carving and welding in steel. He held individual exhibitions in Caracas in 1991 Museo Caracas, 1998 Galería Okyo, 2001 Sala Pequiven and in 2004 Ateneo del Hatillo.
He has done more than 150 collective exhibitions in reference rooms such as; Alejandro Otero Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacobo Borges Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mario Abreu Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia, African American Museum, Museum of Science and Technology, Brazil, Museo del Hombre Dominicano, Republica Dominicana.
Santiago has dedicated to the research and development of his artistic work, which he has shared uninterruptedly with his other passion, teaching. He has worked in the area of restoration of public monuments, as well as in the area of museography and curatorship.
Among his most important awards he receives; in 1993, the 1st Prize of Sculpture, II Salon of Visual Arts, Museum of Culture of Edo. Apure, in 1997, Three-Dimensional Honorary Mention, Caracas Salon, XXVII Juan Lovera and in 2003, Artist Prize under 35 years, XI National Exhibition of Visual Arts “Francisco Lazo Martí”.
My work represents a cosmological theme, where I idealize astronomical charts, stellar effects, cosmos, planets, the landscape and figuration, always based on the severity of the constructivist tradition.
My recent work is a discourse full of symbolism and geometry, expressed with primary elements that play between the lines and gaps.
The circle has formed my new frame to compose harmoniously the reduced repertoire of incoming and outgoing volumes
Between the pieces exists a visual tensions and ascending rhythms that seduce the spectator.
The pieces are presented in reliefs, pedestal or hanging in a very varied size that goes from small, medium to big dimension.
Surface finishes are mostly patinas with acids, accelerating the process of oxidation of steel, enjoying the nudity of matter, there are also sculptures painted in warm monochromatic colors. They are perceived visually clean and consistent in their reading, united in their totality with color.
The connection between the ethereal concept and the daily life of the trade, has governed me in my inner world for more than 25 years, in the practice of this laborious and rewarding path of art…