Santiago Reyes Villaveces


Bogota, Colombia 1986. Lives and works in Bogota.

Santiago’s Reyes practices explore the generic or specific qualities of the objects that he produces and their relations within a common sense. Precise and definitely well done, the art objects pose questions about their state of specific unities (art works or things) and as non-specific unities (things or articles devoid from their utilitarian function). His work is situated on the border between a state of conclusion and on a residual level. Over the art works he intertwined the objects establishing a potential for their reproducibility, copy and duplication.

Artist Statement

My practice follows a material investigation on structures, assemblages, and dynamics that evidence states of transitivity and precariousness. The works comprise installations, sculptures, drawings, and photographs that address different relations of temporal indetermination. They transform, determine, modify, and interfere with the spaces in which they operate affecting the way in which the spectator occupies and perceives physical space. The different materials that I use in my work are characterized by notions of tension, scale, volume, weight, gravity, surface, pressure, contention, resistance, depth and limit. Such notions configure systems that produce new relationships between spaces, architectures and the bodies of the spectators. My works explore a latent architectural sensibility that is evident in precarious structures; mostly visible in but not limited to everyday urban life in Latin American cities. The architectural mediations I address relate urban detritus, overlooked by-products of construction, and improvised temporary structures, underscoring a latent sophistication in anonymous ways of doing.


 2015-2017 MA in Sculpture, Royal College of Art. London, United Kingdom. Abraaj RCA innovation Scholarship 2015. Distinction
2009  BA Fine Arts, emphasis on Visual Art & Art Theory and History. Honours. Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
2007-2008 Academic Exchange Program, Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Comunicações e Arte. São Paulo, Brazil

Solo Show

2017  Solo show Art Dubai – Gallerie MLF| Marie-Laure Fleisch – Dubai, EUA
2016  ResideGallerie MLF| Marie-Laure Fleisch, curatorial note by Eugenio Viola, Brussels, Belgium
2015  Solo Show ArteBa 2015 – Galería Instituto de Visión – Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014  Traino – Cavallerizza Reale of Turin – Turin, Italy
2009  Monumetria (DELENGUAAMANO) –  Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo –  São Paulo, Brasil

Group Shows

2016  Mi casa es su casa – Centro de Arte Pepe Espaliú – Cordoba, ES
2016  Academia – Youth Art Biennale – Bolzano, IT
2015  Monochrome Undone –  Space Sayago Paradon – Irvine California, U.S.A
2014  Mapping Traces (Rastreando Indicios) – Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother – Bogotá, Colombia
2014  Nós Ninguém – Casa Nova –  São Paulo, Brazil


2015  Abraaj RCA innovation Scholarship , London, United Kingdom
2014  ResóCitta dell arte Pistoletto Foundation, Biella, Italy
2013   New NamesBanco de La republica, Bogota, Colombia