Christian Santana Prinz


Christian Santana Prinz, born 1975 in Mexico City is a painter of Mexican-German descent and a graduate of Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado La Esmeralda.

From 1995-2000 he acquired a graduate degree in the plastic arts at the ENPEG (La Esmeralda), where he also received a scholarship from 1998-1999 for young and creative artists of the State of Guanajuato.

In 1999-2000 he provided services in the departments of Curator and Museumgraphy at the university museum “Museo Universitario del Chopo”;
During the same time, he participated as councellor and member in the gallery “La Masmedula”, with activities like the selection of the artists and the decoration and handling of the individual exhibitions.  

From 2003-2004 he was living in Berlin, exploring his German cultural heritage and taking part in several exhibitions as well as crafts-practice for the Carnival of Cultures (Karneval der Kulturen) in Berlin in 2004.

He is currently living as an artist in residence at the Club for the Arts (Kunstverein) Salzburg until November 2006.

About his art:

Patricia Soriano (painter): “The pictures of Christian Santana are graphic assortments, which refer us to a sensitive and physiological direction with much sensitivity. In its large pictures the autobiographic obsession in the metamorphosis of the flesh is expressed. His pictures express the extreme detail of a certain field. The colors tell of an individuality with strong expresionism by fantasy in relationship with the flesh; the auto-biographic meat.”  

Fernando Islas: “Santana interprets the clinical body, in the self-portrait “CLOSE UP” or in aesthetic motion, which is connected in the picture or also in the film; the German Expresionist and underground caricaturist. In other words, Christian Santana provides a kind of universe where the flesh, the 'gestual' picture and the physiological way the aspects which revive the picture.”

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