b. Bogotá, Colombia 1986
Santiago Parra studied Literature at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, followed by an art education at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá and later at the Academy of Art University to study Fine Arts in San Francisco where he also learnt about Motion Pictures and Television. Parra is known for his large, abstract and highly expressive black and white paintings. His canvases capture the suspended flatness of the calligraphy-like imagery, harmonizing two seemingly incompatible aesthetic moments, spontaneity and pondering, which are all shaped by movement, strength, gravity and skill of the Columbian artist’s creative process. Exploring the expressive possibilities of the quintessential abstract form with an audacious manner, Parra redefines abstract structures with bold sculptural brushstrokes.
His work can be found in the collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, USA; Jorge Pérez Collection; Jean et Colette Cherqui Collection; Tanya C. Brillembourg Collection; Solita Mishaan Collection; Cesar Gaviria Collection.