Santiago Alcon was born in the Andalusian town of Jerez de la Frontera, next to its bull ring. As a child he trained in classical drawing and sculpture; very technical disciplines but an
excellent foundation for future work.
As a young artist he decided to move to Scotland to study at the Edinburgh College of Arts. Shortly after arrival he developed Seasonal Affective Disorder aka. ‘Winter blues’, resorting to
using intense colours that would give him the warmth he craved. He brought the colours and light from Andalucía, as well as the stark contrasts between bright light and shades you see on Spanish
streets and alleyways, as in the north of Europe light blends in a different way in urban landscapes.
He started painting on glass as the colours remain more vivid, liking the versatility of this media as it can be used in combination with architecture to create unique environments. Santiago
is fond of the special relationship between glass and light, especially natural light. On the downside, the final effect could be almost uncontrollable if the piece is displayed in a space where
artificial lighting is either too light or too dark.
When he paints on glass, he works in a horizontal position, on up to four pieces at the same time. This is because, when working on only one piece, there is too much of a tendency to
‘overcook’ it, and there is no Undo button afterwards. It also requires the mental effort to paint the reverse image of what the viewer sees, as that is what this technique demands.
Once colours were his allies, he then focused also on movement, spending time at dance schools doing live drawing of dancers in motion. It was tricky to capture the actions at such speed but
curious Santiago learnt a lot about human expression.
Mood and state of mind are always present in Santiago’s visceral art. Human relationships have always inspired him too.
We absolutely love Santiago’s work, not only because his unique vibrant colour palette, movement and emotion, but for the rawness and unavoidable truth in his art.