2014 International Art Festival

Artist Official Entries

Rafael Santiago

New York NY USA
http://www.rafasantiago.com
My work addresses gender identity, auto biography, seduction of appearance, religious matter and appropriation. For this submission, I present to you two series: He'd Have Made A Pretty Sissy Sister (We Can All Be Together Now, We Can All Be A Family). Here, like puzzle pieces from different puzzles, forced to FIT together, I collage tear-sheets of male and female models with decorative papers to create hybrid figures. In these collages I am not only exploring androgynous identities, but also the relationship between figuration and abstraction. The second series is titled Save Me Dracula (The Last of His Kind) : In these series of works, photographs of miniature figurines manufactured to promote the 1992 film 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' surround family photos of myself at various stages of childhood. I see the figurines representing monsters- not as a threat, but as offering protection to a young gay male in an inversion of the more conventional scenario. These monsters of a legend are resurrected with a new purpose.
© Rafael Santiago | Boy Blue 5607
2014 Mixed Media | Boy Blue
Collage, Diamond Dust, Glitter Stars, 19 x 24 inches, 2014
USD $600
© Rafael Santiago | Persona 5608
2014 Mixed Media | Persona
Collage, Diamond Dust, Glitter Stars, 19 x 24 inches, 2014
USD $600
© Rafael Santiago | Ivy 5609
2014 Mixed Media | Ivy
Collage, Diamond Dust, Glitter Stars, 19 x 24 inches, 2014
USD $600
© Rafael Santiago | Save Me Dracula (The Last of His Kind) 5615
2014 Photography | Save Me Dracula (The Last Of His Kind)
9 individual c-prints, framed, 8 x 13 inches, 2014
USD $900
© Rafael Santiago | Untitled 5616
2014 Photography | Untitled
9 individual c-prints, framed, 8 x 13 inches, 2014
USD $900
© Rafael Santiago | Nipple Zag 5612
2014 Mixed Media | Nipple Zag
Collage, Diamond Dust, Glitter Stars, 19 x 24 inches, 2014
USD $600
© Rafael Santiago | Nancy 5613
2014 Mixed Media | Nancy
Collage, Diamond Dust, Glitter Stars, 19 x 24 inches, 2014
USD $600
© Rafael Santiago | Anti_Christos 5614
2014 Mixed Media | Anti_Christos
Collage, Diamond Dust, Glitter Stars, 19 x 24 inches, 2014
USD $600
© Rafael Santiago | Untitled 5617
2014 Graphics | Untitled
9 individual c-prints, framed, 8 x 13 inches, 2014
© Rafael Santiago | Save Me Dracula (The Last of His Kind) 5618
2014 Photography | Save Me Dracula (The Last Of His Kind)
9 individual c-prints, framed, 8 x 13 inches, 2014
USD $900