Santiago Tabares Botero

COLOMBIA
ABOUT THE ARTIST

Santiago Tabares, a contemporary Colombian visual artist from Medellín, is one of the most diverse yet youngest artist represented by ARTitude Galería. He specialises in multiple visual art techniques: photography, sculpture, painting, digital illustration and assembly, with a keen interest based on the rapid impact of technology and futurism.

From a very young age Santiago has shown a deep interest in the arts. When he turned 15 years old, he started exploring different styles and techniques with the anticipation of discovering the style that best defined him as an artist and one that would become instantly recognisable as his. He soon realised his powerful fascination with technology, science fiction and the enigma of the cyber world. He became captivated with the aesthetics hidden within the disorder generated by the wiring of computers, the texture of oxidised metal, but most of all over the connect between technology and the human body and mind.

Santiago, at the age of 22 years old, is constantly researching information on artificial intelligence and human bioengineering. He had an epiphany that suddenly changed the perspective in which he saw people and himself: one morning he asked himself the question, what makes people unique. In short he asked, “what makes me… me? Our bodies or our deepest feelings, our soul, as to speak”. He then began to look at the wiring system and the hard drive of computers and compared them to the human body: the biological neutron model, human nervous system and the brain. The more complex the technology and wiring of the computer the more curious Santiago became. He used his curiosity to engage in this unique form of art, termed ‘Cyberpunk’. His style, motivated by the future of technology shows elements of surrealism and Magical Realism, bold vivid lines, fantastic neon colours and eye-catching futuristic imagery. At the young age of 22 years old, he is constantly pushing the boundaries with his cutting edge ‘Cyberpunk’ imagery and encouraging his viewers to see the world from another perspective, a perspective where biotechnology rules over our bodies.