Curriculum Vitae

(Canada, 1979)

Current Board Member on the Board of Directors for:

The Drawing Center In New York

The Toronto Biennial of Art 2024


Rachel Uffner, New York

CULT Aimee Frieberg, San Francisco

Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto

Martina Simeti, Milan

Nir Altman, Munich

Capsule, Shanghai


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

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


2020: Canada Council for the Arts Digital Grant

2019: Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Concept to Realization

2018: Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Concept to Realization

2014: Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

2011: Canada Council Travel Grants to Professional Artists

2010: Scion Artist Session Grant

2005: FACTOR Independent Sound Recording Grant

2005: FACTOR Showcase Grant

2003: CBC Galaxy Rising Star Award

2003: FACTOR Emerging Artist Sound Recording Grant 

2003: FACTOR Marketing Grant for Sound Recording


Lenbachhaus, Munich

Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto, ON

Birmingham Museum of Art, AL

Studio Museum, Harlem, NY

Wedge Collection, Toronto, ON


2022: Visions of an Iron Age - Woodbine Expansion, Toronto, ON - Permanent Public Art Commission

2021: THE GATE, Public Art Installation, Hamburg,Germany (curated by Ellen Blumenstein as part of IMAGINE THE CITY) – June to September

2019: J'Ouvert Temple, Toronto Biennial, Toronto, ON

EXHIBITIONS (*Solo Exhibits)

2024: *ATC Gallery, Tenerife, Canary Islands (TBD)

2024: *Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), Costa Mesa, CA

2023: *Martina Simeti, Milan (Nov 23 – Jan 18, 24)

2023: *Artissima, Torino - Nir Altman Gallery, Munich (Nov 2 – 5)

2023: Mickalene Thomas - Portrait of an Unlikely Space, Yale University Art Gallery (Sep 8 to Jan 7, 24)

2023: Poetry of the Evident, Galerie Droste Dusseldorf (Sep 1 – Nov 4)

2023: Crafting Resitance, Arizona State University (Aug 18, 23 – July 14, 24)

2023: *Moving Through Burning Haze, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, ON (April 1 – May 13)

2023: *Joyvasted, Nir Altman, Munich (Feb 17 to Apr 22)

2023: *Mas a Play, Capsule Gallery Shanghai, Art Brussels (Apr 19-23) (curated by Megan Connolly)

2023: Restrung, Parachute Gallery, Tampa, FL (Feb 16 – Mar 23)

2022: Smaller Worlds: Diorama in Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (Oct 22-Jan 23)

2022: Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, Night Painting (Sep 24 to Oct 22)

2022: DigitalArts Resource Centre, Ottawa, ON (Sep to Oct)

2022: GAVLAK Gallery, Los Angeles, These Are Some of My Favorite Things curated by Michael Sherman (June 11 to July 20)

2022: Atlantic World Art Fair in partnership with Artsy presented by Suzy Wong, Kingston, Jamaica (Apr 20 to May 5)

2022: *Pay de Devil Brang! Brang! Pay de Devil, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (curated by Lindsey Sharman)(May 28 to Aug 28)

2022: Dak’Art Biennale, Black Rock Artist Exhibition, Dakar, Senegal (May 19 to Jun 21)

2022: FOG Art & Design, CULT (Aimee Friberg Exhibitions), San Francisco (Jan 18 to 23)

2021: Jahresgaben - Kunstverein Münchene. V., Munich (Dec 1-5)

2021: FIAC International Contemporary Art Fair, Paris (Oct 21-24)

2021: Everyday Secrets, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy (curated by Mosie Romney) (Jul 21 to Sep 25)

2021: Martina Simeti Gallery, Milano, Italy (July)

2021: PLATFORM Online Exhibition hosted by David Zwirner – May edition

2020: *Liming,Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB(curated by Lindsey Sharman) (Oct 24 to Feb 14)

2020: *Martina Simeti Gallery, Milano, Italy (November 7 to Dec 7)

2020: *Frieze, London (solo online presentation October 7 to 14)

2020: *The Rooms at the Provincial Archives, St. John’s, NFLD (curated by Mireille Eagan)

2020: *Can't I Alter, The Drawing Center, New York (chief curator Claire Gilman)

2020: *an erratum, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

2019: Infinity Series, Toronto Biennial, Toronto, ON

2019: Osage Gallery, Hong Kong (curated by Natasha Becker and Patrick Flores)

2018: *By Sea, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

2018: SITElines Biennial, Santa Fe, NM (curated by Ruba Katrib Candice Hopkins and José Luis Blondet)

2018: Bienniale de Dakar, Senegal

2017: Triggered, New Museum, New York, NY (curated by Johanna Burton, Natalie Bell and Sara O’Keefe

2017: 1:54 African Art Fair, London, England (curated by Momo Gallery)

2017: Declaration, Contemporary Art (ICA), Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (curated by Stephanie Smith)

2017: Tau Lewis & Curtis Santiago, Through the people we are looking at ourselves, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, ON

2017: *Curtis Santiago Exhibition, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (curated by Magdalyn Asimakis)

2017: *Exceeding Return, Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017: Regarding the Figure, Studio Museum of Harlem, New York (curated by Eric Booker, Connie H. Choi, Hallie Ringle and Doris Zhao)

2017: Nada Art Fair Basel, Miami, FL (curated by Rachel Uffner)

2017: Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, CA (curated by Andrea Steves and Timothy Furstnau)

2017: * TBA, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (curated by Nicolas Etchenagucia)

2017: Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON (curated by Andrew Hunter)

2017: Spots, Dots, Pips and Tiles, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL (curated by Arden Sherman)

2016: Spots, Dots, Pips and Tiles, Hunter College East Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Arden Sherman)

2016: Power to the People, Earth Plus Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (curated by DaisukeTakeya)

2016: Truth and Power, Arch Enemy Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (curated by Jamila Hooker)

2016: *Curtis Santiago Drawings and Sculptures, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York,NY 

2016: The Mecca, JCT Gallery, Toronto, ON (curated by Ray McAuliffe)

2016: Onion by the Ocean, Underdonk, Brooklyn, New York (Curated by Essye Klempner)

2016: Built, World, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg)

2016: *iAPM exhibition, Shanghai, China (curated By Imagine Lab)

2016: *Spring Break Art Fair, New York, NY (curated by Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori)

2015: A Constellation, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY (curated by Amanda Hunt) 

2015: Ghost Van Installation, Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON 

2015: *Dock Art Fair, Lyon, France 

2015: A to Z ,Galerie White Project, Paris, France

2015: * History of Touch, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015: *Talwst Outside, Convenience Gallery, Toronto, ON (curated by Magdelyn Asimakis) 

2015: Massive 11, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON (Juried ) *Acting Artistic Director and Featured Artist

2015: *Nubians , Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON (Grant provided by TD Bank Then And Now Artist Project)

2015: *Minimized Histories: Marginalization and unrest in Talwst infinity Series , Art Gallery of Mississauga, (curated by Stuart Keeler and Kendra Ainsworth)

2014: Lanmo, Toronto International Art Fair (Performance Piece commissioned byThe Art Gallery of ON)

2014: Artifacts/Landscapes, OCAD Student Gallery, Toronto, ON (Curated by Rajni Perera)

2014: Control, Hunt Club Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014: To Store and Organize Materials, Gag Bit Vinyl, Brooklyn, NY (Juried)

2014: Massive 10, Art Gallery of ON, Toronto, ON (Juried)

2013: Little Salon, Walnut Contemporary, Toronto, ON (Invitational) 

2013: Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finalist, RUSH Arts, New York, NY (Juried)

2013: Annual Manifesto Festival Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON (Invitational) 

2013: Mama Birding, Communications Art Gallery, Toronto, ON (Invitational) 

2013: Mama Birding, Loom Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Invitational) 

2012:*Death of Swag, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY 

2011: Good to See You, Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON (Invitational) 

2011: 7 Senses, 7 For All Man Kind, Toronto, ON (Invitational)

2011: The Cheaper Show no. 10, Vancouver, BC (Juried)

2011: * Artrageous 3, Partners in Art and the AGO, Toronto, ON

2011: Winter Interlude, Angell Gallery, Toronto, ON

2010: Live Painting Performance, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2010: * Swagged Out, Chuck Akudu Gallery, Toronto, ON 

2010: * The Works Art & Design Festival, Edmonton, AB (Juried) 

2010: The Cheaper Show no. 9, Vancouver, BC (Juried) 

2010: Vancouver Olympic Art Galleries, Vancouver, BC (curated by Rachel Zottenberg)

2009: * Troubadour, The Drake General Store, Toronto, ON 

2009: The Cheaper Show no. 8, Vancouver, BC (Juried) 

2009: Cape Town Shake Down, Studio Gallery, Toronto, ON (Juried)

2008: * Paintings by Curtis Santiago, Grace Gallery, Vancouver, BC


2023: Fountainhead, Miami, Florida

2023: Banff Centre for Art and Creativity and Art - Educator

2022: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN - AIR/Professor

2021: Black Rock Senegal

2019: Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy

2018: Hangar, Lisbon, Portugal

2018: Long Road Projects, Jacksonville, FL

2017: Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

2017: Museum of Capitalism, Oakland, California

2017: Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa 

2016: Pioneer Works, Red Hook, New York

2015: Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium Foundation Education program with Peel District School Board

2014: Roots And Branches, Art Gallery of Mississauga & Ontario Trillium Foundation Education program with Peel District School Board


2023: Murray Whyte, “10 visual feasts at New EnglandMuseums this fall”, Boston Globe Sept 8,

2023: JOYvastated Review, Monopol Magazine, (April)

2023: Artviewer (Mar 16)

2022: Design Dispatch, SURFACE Mag, Dec 5

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2021: Valentina Di Liscia, “Artists Contribute to a Coloring Book Benefiting the Black Painters Academy, Hyperallergic, Feb

2021: “Smaller is beautiful: the tiny but triumphant comeback of art miniatures”, The Financial Times, Feb

2021: Denise Balkissoon, “Alberta’s Curtis Talwst Santiago Makes Tiny Art That Invokes Big Feelings”, Chatelaine, Jan

2020: Curtis Talwst Santiago: Liming – Oct

2020: Fish Griwkowsky “Curtis Talwst Santiago - Exhibition of miniature dioramas turns up the Caribbean party heat”, Galleries West, Nov

2020: Interviews “Curtis Talwst Santiago on Drawing Online and Building Exhibitions during a Pandemic”, Canadian Art, Oct

2020: RELATIONS, Diaspora and Painting, Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, QC, Canada

2020: Magdalyn Asimakis “Curtis Talwst Santiago Can’tI Alter”, Art Scene, The Brooklyn Rail, May

2020: Chris Hampton, “Multimedia artist CurtisSantiago explores his ancestry using a time-travelling alter-ego”, The Globeand Mail, Mar

2020: Osman Can Yerebakan, “Artist Curtis TalwstSantiago Introduces an Alter Ego to Help Navigate the Past”, Observer, Feb

2020: Johanna Fateman, “Goings on About Town, ART,Curtis Talwst Santiago”, The New Yorker, Feb

2018: Jillian Steinhauer, "What to See in NewYork Art Galleries This Week," The New York Times, Jul

2018: Kathaleen Roberts, "BrokenBoundaries," Albuquerque Journal, Jul

2018: Ayasha Guerin, “Black Passages: Curtis TalwstSantiago interviewed by Ayasha Guerin,” BOMB Magazine, Jun

2018: Claire Selvin, “Here’s the ArtistList for the 2018 Edition of SITElines,” ARTNews, May 14 

2018: Loney Abrams, “8 Show-StoppingArtworks at Frieze for Under $10,000,” Artspace, May

2018: “The Twenty-Five,” CulturedMagazine, pg. 75, May/June

2018: Andrea K. Scott, “A Secret ExhibitThat’s Better Than an Art Fair,” The New Yorker, Mar

2017: Charles Reeve, “Tau Lewis, Curtis Santiago andDaniel Rios Rodriguez,” frieze, Sep 

2017: Tyler Akers, “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and aWeapon,” GAYLETTER, Aug

2017: Gabrielle Moser. “Critics’ Pick, Tau Lewis andCurtis Santiago,” Artforum, Aug

2017: Terence Dick, “Tau Lewis & Curtis Santiagoat Cooper Cole,” Akimbo, Aug

2016: Mira Dayal, “Drawing a Line: ‘A Constellation’at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Art Critical, Apr

2016: Cristina Vatulescu, “Art and Law Enforcement ina Ring Box: Talwst’s Miniature Aesthetic Revolution”, The Brooklyn Rail, Mar

2016: Jillian Steinhauer, “Spring/Break,a Sprawling Alternative Art Fair that Delivers”, Hyperallergic, Mar

2016: Alexandra Fowle, “Didn’t My Lord DeliverDaniel?”, The Brooklyn Rail, Feb

2015:Alice Newell-Hanson, “Talwst Recreates Miniature Historical Atrocities inAntique Jewelry Boxes”, Vice i-D, Dec

2015:“Talwst’s tiny boxes are making a big mark on the art world,” CBC Arts,Nov 

2015:Katie Lawson, “Talwst: The History of Touches at Angell Gallery,”,Oct

2015: Genista, “Artist Talwst Makes Unique Miniature WorldsInside Antique Ring Boxes,” Beautiful/Decay, May

2015: Adam Lehrer, “Canadian-Trinidadian Mixed-Media ArtistTalwst Explores Art History in a Fresh Context”, Forbes, Apr

2015: Jeff Hamamda, “Ring box Dioramas by Talwst”, Vancouver, BC

2015:Daniel Otis, “The Miniature World of Talwst: Toronto’s lord of the ring boxes,”The Toronto Star (print), Mar

2012: Aaron Berger, "Swagged Out", Los Angeles, CA

2012: Lauren Festa, "Death of swag" 
Opening Reception at Fuse Gallery New York City,, New York, NY 

2012: Cedar Pasori, TALWST's "Death of Swag" 
Exhibit Opening at NYC's Fuse Gallery,, New York, NY

2012: Saskia Channel, TALWST, Georgia, USA

2012: Zoe Pawlak, I Am Jealous of Talwst

2011: Natalie Ast, 7 Artists 7 Senses 7 for all mankind, Women's Post - Toronto, ON

2011: Andrew Wallace, A Restless Creator Finds Inspiration in Street Art, Metro, Toronto, ON

2011: Papillion Institute of Art, Arte: Curtis Santiago, Los Angeles, CA

2010: Featured Visual Artist, Curtis Santiago, Skewed09, Vancouver, BC

2010: Lexa Naicu, interview, Getting to Know Curtis Santiago in Almost 21 Questions, Vancouver, BC

2009: Steve Shon, In Music: Curtis Santiago 

2004: Martin Turenne, Curtis Santiago, Vancouver, British Columbia


2020: The Drawing Center, Drawing Papers 141: CurtisTalwst Santiago “Can’t I Alter”, Oct

2020: Galleries West, Exhibition of miniature dioramas turns up the Caribbean party heat

2020: Canadian Art, Interviews, Curtis Talwst Santiago on Drawing Online and Building Exhibitions During a Pandemic

2019: CBC Radio “Q” with Tom Power - Artist CurtisTalwst Santiago on creating tiny 3D worlds inside of vintage jewelry boxes, Nov

2018: CBC In the Making, On Air & On Line Documentary featuring Curtis Talwst Santiago

2015: The New Yorker Online review of A Constellations group exhibition

2015: i-D magazine Online feature

2015: Art Online review of History of Touches exhibition

2015: Toronto Star print & online feature

2015: CBC The Exhibitionist feature Online & Television, Canada

2015: Toronto Star print & online feature

2015: V Magazine Print feature, New York

2015: Hi Fructose online feature

2015: Toronto Star print & online features

2015: Bored Panda online feature

2015: Beautiful Decay online feature

2015: The Globe and Mail Online video Arts Feature, Toronto, ON

2015: The Guardian Observer Mar 8, Talwst Arts Feature, United Kingdom

2012: Lab Magazine Issue 6, Talwst, Los Angeles, CA

2010: Spot Check, Redbull TV, Germany

2009: Have Mercy (Mixtape)

2008: Art and Sole, Fashion TV InStyle, Toronto, ON 

2006: TKO (2nd Solo Album)

2003: Tim Lee, An Essay on Curtis Santiago, Cahier D'activite (No.2 WinterIssue) Vancouver, BC

2003: Portrait of an Artist (1st Solo Album)


2015: FantasticModern

2011: AlienTentacle Sex


2009: HaveMercy

2007: TKO

2003: Portraitof an Artist

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