Curtis Talwst Santiago

b. 1979, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Lives and works in Munich, Germany



2017    Studio School, New York, USA

2007-2010    Apprenticeship with Aboriginal Artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Vancouver, British Columbia

2007    Emily Carr Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting), Vancouver, British Columbia



Seeing Angels (Seeing the Angels), Martina Simeti, Milan, Italy


Liming, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Curtis Talwst Santiago: Infinity Series, The Rooms, Newfoundland, Canada

Can't I Alter, curated by Claire Gilman, The Drawing Center, New York, NY 

an erratum, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

By Sea, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

Minimized Histories II, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates)


Through the People We Are Looking at Ourselves, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada (with Tau Lewis)

Curtis Santiago: Constructing Return, curated by Magdalyn Asimakis, University of Saskatchewan College Art Galleries, Saskatoon, Canada

Exceeding Return, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa

Curtis Santiago, curated by Nicolas Etchenagucia, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland


Drawings and Miniatures, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

Market Value, Lord Ludd, Philadelphia, PA


The History of Touches, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Talwst Outside, curated by Magdelyn Asimakis, Convenience Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Nubians, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

Minimized Histories: Marginalization and Unrest in Talwst’s Infinity Series, curated by Stuart Keeler & Kendra Ainsworth Art Gallery of Mississauga

Death of Swag, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY

Artrageous 3, Partners in Art and the AGO, Toronto, Ontario

Swagged Out, Chuck Akudu Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton, Alberta (juried)

Troubadour, The Drake General Store, Toronto, Ontario

Paintings by Curtis Santiago, Grace Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia



Ludwig Museum Budapest, curated by Zsuzska Petró, Budapest, Hungary (Forthcoming)
Everyday Secrets, Luce Gallery, Torino, Italy
RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, curated by Cheryl Sim, Fondation Phi, Montreal, QC; traveled to Esker Foundation, Calgary, Canada
The Gate, Imagine the City, Hamburg, Germany
Aldrich Care Box, The Aldridge Museum, Ridgefield, CT


100 Drawings from Now, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Selections from the Rebecca and Jack Drake Collection, Paul R. Jones Museum, Tuscaloosa, AL 

RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, curated by Cheryl Sim, Fondation Phi, Montreal, QC 
Record of Succession, curated by Aimee Friberg, Fused Space, San Francisco, CA

occupy and echo (a stage), curated by Tom Polo, Reading Room, Melbourne, AU 

Toronto Biennial of Art, curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, Toronto, CA 

Lararium, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

A Seed's a Star, curated by Constance Tenvik, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, SE

Vernacular Interior, curated by Adeze Wilford, Hales New York, New York, NY 

Present Passing: South by Southeast, curated by Patrick D. Flores and Natasha Becker, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong, China

Ten Years, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

SITElines.2018: Casa Tomada, curated by Ruba Katrib, Candice Hopkins, and José Luis Blondet, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Dime-Store Alchemy, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY

Multi Layered Surfaces, Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Exile Pavilion, curated by Marie Deparis and Mounir Fatmi, the French Institute of Saint-Louis in Senegal, Bienniale de Dakar 2018

Declaration, Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Whispers That Got Away, curated by Atelier Céladon, SBC Gallery, Montreal, Canada

All About Frank, curated by Arielle De St. Phalle and Taylor Roy, SPRING/BREAK Art Fair Art Show at OLD SCHOOL, 32 Prince Street, New York, NY

Through That Which Is Seen, curated by Andrea Antonaccio-Wagner, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, Bakalar & Paine Galleries at Mass Art, Boston, MA

Yard Show, curated by Marcus Jahmal, SHRINE, New York, NY


Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, curated by Johanna Burton, Natalie Bell, and Sara O’Keeffe, New Museum, New York, NY

Regarding the Figure, curated by Eric Booked, Connie H. Choi, Hallie Ringle, and Doris Zhao, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL


Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles, curated by Arden Sherman, Hunter College East Gallery, New York, NY

Power to the People, curated by Daisuke Takeya, Earth Plus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Truth and Power, curated by Jamila Hooker, Arch Enemy Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Mecca, curated by Ray McAulliffe, JCT Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Onion by the Ocean, curated by Essye Klempner, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

Built, World, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA


A Constellation, curated by Amanda Hunt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Ghost Van Installation, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche Toronto

A to Z, Galerie White Project, Paris

Massive 11, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario (Juried ) * Acting as Artistic Director & featured artist


Artifacts/Landscapes, curated by Rajni Perera, OCAD Student Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Control, Hunt Club Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

To Store and Organize Materials, Gag Bit Vinyl, Brooklyn, New York (Juried)

Massive 10, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario (Juried)


Little Salon, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario (Invitational)

Mama Birding, Communications Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (Invitational)

Mama Birding, Loom Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (Invitational)


Good to See You, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario (Invitational)

The Cheaper Show no.10, Vancouver, British Columbia (Juried)

Winter Interlude, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


Live Painting Performance, Vancouver Art Gallery

The Cheaper Show no.9, Vancouver, British Columbia (Juried)

Vancouver Olympic Art galleries, Vancouver, British Columbia (Curated by Rachel Zottenberg)


The Cheaper Show no.8, Vancouver, British Columbia (Juried)

Cape Town Shake Down, Studio Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (Juried)



Black Rock, Kehinde Wiley Residency Program, Senegal, West Africa

Palazzo Monti Residencia, Brescia, Italy

HANGAR Artistic Research Center, Lisbon, Portugal

Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, CA
Gallery MOMO, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium Foundation Education
programme with Peel District School Board

Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium Foundation Education
programme with Peel District School Board



Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Grant

Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

Canada Council Travel Grants to Professional Artists

Scion Artist Session Grant

FACTOR Independent Sound Recording Grant
FACTOR Showcase Grant

CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award
FACTOR Emerging Artist Sound Recording Grant
FACTOR Marketing Grant for Sound Recording



2012 Alien Tentacle Sex
2009 Have Mercy (Mixtape)
2006 TKO
2003 Portrait of an Artist




Walsh, Brienne. “With The Aldrich Care Boxes, A Museum Proposes A Radical New Model,” Forbes, March 31.

Gavin, Francesca. “Smaller is beautiful: the tiny but triumphant comeback of art miniatures,” Financial Times, February 5.
Searcey, Dionne. “Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Resident Artists Are Named,” New York Times, February 2.
Solomon, Tessa. “Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Residency Brings Rising Stars to Senegal for Second Iteration,” ARTnews, February 2. 


Smith, Melissa. “7 Things to Do This Weekend: Drawing Out 2020’s Demons,” New York Times, October 22.
Valentine, Victoria L. “Viewing Rooms: 10 Frieze London Exhibitors Presenting Solo Shows by Black Artists,” Culture Type, October 15.
Aima, Rahel. “The Thrill of Discovery? What to See in New York Galleries,” ArtReview, August 6.
Pumhösl, Florian, Sam Pulitzer, Paige K. B., Sue Williams, Curtis Santiago, "Daily Drawings: Week Six," Artforum, May 29. 

Asimakis, Magdalyn, "Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can't I Alter," Brooklyn Rail, May
Fateman, Johanna, "Curtis Talwst Santiago," The New Yorker, March 11.
Johnson, Paddy, "The 12 Best Gallery Exhibitions Across the Country Opening in Spring," Observer, March 2.
Hampton, Chris, "Multimedia artist Curtis Santiago explores his ancesty using a time-travelling alter-ego," The Globe and Mail, March 2.
Can Yerebakan, Osman, “Artist Curtis Talwst Santiago Introduces an Alter Ego to Help Navigate the Past,” Observer, Feb 22. 

Seife, Beza, "Artist Curtis Talwst Santiago on creating 3D worlds inside of vintage jewelry boxes," CBC Radio, Nov 25. 
Adams, Kelsey, "What to see at the Toronto Biennial of Art," NOW Magazine, September 25.
Grant, Jean, "A look at just some of the work displayed at the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art," Toronto Life, September 25.
Durón, Maximilíano. "Here's the Artist List for the First Toronto Biennial," ARTnews, June 20
Weber, Jasmine, "The Independent Art Fair Embraces Color and Abstraction," Hyperallergic, March 8.

Editors, “Best of 2018: Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States,” Hyperallergic,
December 20.
Weathers, Chelsea. “SITElines.2018, SITE Santa Fe,” Artforum, November.
In the Making. “Curtis Talwst Santiago.” Season 1, Episode 7. CBC. November 2.
Jillian Steinhauer, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," The New York Times, July 17.
Kathaleen Roberts, "Broken Boundaries," Albuquerque Journal, July 13.
Ayasha Guerin, “Black Passages: Curtis Talwst Santiago interviewed by Ayasha Guerin,” BOMB Magazine, June 12.
Claire Selvin, “Here’s the Artist List for the 2018 Edition of SITElines,” ARTNews, May 14
Loney Abrams, "8 Show-Stopping Artworks at Frieze for Under $10,000," Artspace Magazine, May 4.
“The Twenty-Five,” Cultured Magazine, pg. 75, May/June
Andrea K. Scott, “A Secret Exhibit That’s Better Than an Art Fair,” The New Yorker, March 14.

Tyler Akers, “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” GAYLETTER, August
Gabrielle Moser. “Critics’ Pick, Tau Lewis and Curtis Santiago,” Artforum, August
Terence Dick, “Tau Lewis & Curtis Santiago at Cooper Cole,” Akimbo, August

Mira Dayal, “Drawing a Line: ‘A Constellation’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Art Critical, April 16
Cristina Vatulescu, “Art and Law Enforcement in a Ring Box: Talwst’s Miniature Aesthetic  Revolution”, The Brooklyn Rail, March 4
Jillian Steinhauer, “Spring/Break, a Sprawling Alternative Art Fair that Delivers”, Hyperallergic, March 3
Alexandra Fowle, “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?”, The Brooklyn Rail, February 3, 2016

Alice Newell-Hanson, “Talwst Recreates Miniature Historical Atrocities in Antique Jewelry  Boxes”, Vice i-D, December 3
“Talwst’s tiny boxes are making a big mark on the art world,” CBC Arts, November 4
Katie Lawson, “Talwst: The History of Touches at Angell Gallery,”, October Genista, “Artist Talwst Makes Unique Miniature Worlds Inside Antique Ring Boxes,”
Beautiful/Decay, May 5
Adam Lehrer, “Canadian-Trinidadian Mixed-Media Artist Talwst Explores Art History in a  Fresh Context”, Forbes, April 29
Jeff Hamamda, “Ring box Dioramas by Talwst”, booooooom, April 3
Daniel Otis, “The Miniature World of Talwst: Toronto’s lord of the ring boxes,” The Toronto Star (print), March 20
Nastia Voynovskya, “Talwst’s Miniature Dioramas Comment on Contemporary Culture,”  Hi-Fructose, March 10
Kathryn Bromwich, “The Imaginative Ring-Box Art of Talwst”, The Guardian, March 7

Aaron Berger, "Swagged Out", Beautiful Decay
Lauren Festa, "Death of Swag", ThinkContra
Zoe Pawlak, “I Am Jealous of Talwst”, The Jealous Curator, July 2
Cedar Pasori, “TALWST's ‘Death of Swag’ Exhibit Opening at NYC's Fuse Gallery”,  Complex, August 14
Saskia Channel, “TALWST”,
“Talwst,” The Lab Magazine, Issue 6

Natalie Ast, “7 Artists 7 Senses 7 for all mankind”, Women's Post, Toronto, Ontario
Andrew Wallace, “A Restless Creator Finds Inspiration in Street Art”, Metro, Toronto, Ontario
Papillion Institute of Art, “Arte: Curtis Santiago”,

Lexa Naicu, “Curtis Santiago,” Skewed Magazine, Issue 9, March/Apri
“Spot Check,” Red Bull TV Germany

Steve Shon, “In Music: Curtis Santiago”, TCHAD

“Art and Sole,” InStyle, Toronto, Canada

Martin Turenne, “Curtis Santiago”,, February 26th

Tim Lee, “An Essay on Curtis Santiago”, Cahier D'activite, Issue No.2, Winter



Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY