Angel Vergara Santiago
Born in 1958 in Mieres (ES), lives and works in Brussels (BE). Vergara’s most important exhibition was in 2011 when he represented Belgium in the Venice Biennial. Since then his work has been on view at the Royal Museum of Brussels (2017), at Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Antwerp and Galerie Marta Cervera in Madrid, and in different institutions in Belgium (Mac’s, Muhka, …) with solo presentations as well as in numerous group shows.
Angel Vergara’s work includes a wide range of media and disciplines: representations, drawings, paintings, videos and installations. Audiovisual materials play an important role in most of his exhibition and constitute a substantial part of his work.
His more recent works make use of film and video and it is through this stream of images that he creates live paintings, a painting that is created in sync with the flow of images on the screen.
Vergara’s new figurative approach is an answer to the contemporary challenges of painting, whereby he reinterprets already mediated images. He links the fixed image of the landscape to the very act of painting, by touching pieces of the landscape in the picture with his pencil or brush, he points the attention to it. The elements in the image are also the tools he uses in the work: the water functions as his water, darker colours are drawn from it to colour something else, etc. Vergara puts the act of painting at the heart of his own pictorial production.