Antonio Santín was born in Madrid, Spain in 1978. He received his Degree in Fine Arts from Universalized Completeness DE Madrid in 2005. Artist Antonio hyper-realistic paintings depict haunting imagery of human bodies hidden under highly ornamented tapestries. He produces works that are nearly impossible to identify as paintings, hyper realistic depictions of decorative rugs covered in complex floral arrangements and patterns.
Santin constructs eerie, arresting compositions that simultaneously attract and unsettle in their evocative depictions of sublimated desire. He orchestrates elaborate still-files, manipulating both objects and the human form to construct a space he describes as “more real than reality itself.” He creates a visceral tension between surface and space with a range of techniques that incorporate both the technical foundations of classical painting and unexpected alterations to the qualities of oil paint to re-assemble the sensory experiences of everyday life. He calls his rug series “figurative paintings without a figure,” eerie pieces that give an illusion of a body hidden beneath the surface.