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Jorge Santos  Los Angeles, CA

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In 1982, Santos moved to the United States. It was here that his work evolved beyond drawing. His illusory, dreamlike images that hint at bizarre secrets leapt from the drawing board to the full realization of paint and canvas.

Figures are frequently fragmented, boxed within rooms, cardboard containers, or trompe l’oeil frames. An unusual icon will repeat itself with humorous frequency: a fish, a plane, a train… His characters seem alienated, odd, socially awkward and disconnected; disconnected also from their backgrounds by texture and technique. The overall impact of the work is disturbing and yet endearingly funny.

While one could spend hours psychoanalyzing Santos’ imagery, perhaps the best path to understanding his work is of that of a master set designer who creates an emotional landscape and populates it with characters to be animated in the imaginations of his viewers. Santos sets the stage and creates the cast, but each individual who sees the work writes his or her own internal play, making Santos’ work a unique, almost interactive, experience.


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Elizabeth cur

02.16.2013 @ 5:11 AM

I love his work also .I posed for him years ago when he was just starting out and he has put my image in three paintings that I know of so far.

Coin iruebene

05.12.2011 @ 5:11 AM

MY SLIGHT CRITIQUE
pic a; a tossel for position between two opposites on intelligence,craftiness and perseverance.
pic b; a possible halting effect of beauty/romance to a strong mechanism

Tat2lizard

03.20.2011 @ 9:37 AM

steampunk meets norman rockwell I love it!

Lovely anomon

10.12.2010 @ 12:38 PM

this looks very good i like the detailing

Durga

09.30.2010 @ 11:14 PM

Excellent... keep ur good work going on and on...

Sarah

05.11.2010 @ 9:06 PM

Wow. Such detail!

Andrea

04.20.2010 @ 9:01 PM

I have been lucky to enjoy many of Jorge's paintings in person. They are incredible and unsettling. He is by far one of my favorite artists.

Bobo

04.12.2010 @ 12:17 PM

Until you are lucky enough to see/purchase his artwork in person, you will not be filled with the details needed to enjoy Jorge's art. The photos online can only give you a taste of his careful detail. His work is large in real life(look at the painting dimensions on his web site), and they just explode into your mind as you study the content, detail, meaning and media that Jorge has put in front of you to decipher. I was lucky enough to see his last show in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and can tell you that seeing in person is believing.

Anatole_franc

04.10.2010 @ 12:59 AM

All judgements about art are subjective, provisional, and risky. That said, these images are ...

Beautiful, well executed, evocative, and imaginative. Most of all, disturbing. Crazy.

Salvadore Dali could not have done better. Melting watches are trite by comparison.

This painter is really, really good. He is unsettling, yet he's clearly a master of his craft. Whether he survives as a Dali, or fades into obscurity, one cannot know in advance.

That depends on whether or not you and I have the same unpredictable, visceral response to his images.

Buy his stuff now, 'cause if I'm right you won't be able to afford his work a few years from now.

Rudy

04.09.2010 @ 11:48 PM

It is good color and painting a show scene. It seems more like a movie poster than a painting. The actual blandness of soul in the pictures.

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