Andy Warhol’s explosive pop art and sharp commentary on advertising and celebrity culture are renowned and deeply relevant even decades after their creation.
Since the popularity of the internet and online purchasing, globalism has allowed a strengthened art market to take shape, as artists and works previously found only in regional markets began to dot the landscapes of New York, Paris, and London in record numbers. In the early years of this new era, contemporary and abstract works by international artist were found everywhere, and figurative art seemed only a blip on the screen of art sales.
Third generation Mexico City artists Santiago Pani never truly had to “discover” art; he simply understood creativity through his father and grandfather, along with the art culture he was exposed to as a child. It was an international trip and the museums he visited throughout this experience, however, which set his heart and mind to creating his own works. With interests varying from the minute world of bugs to the expansive world of space, Santiago Pani explores the connections humans have with the elements of existence.
From time when humans first drew an image on the wall of a prehistoric cave (the oldest known figurate drawing is that of a bibirusa pig deer from Indonesia), recreating images seen in real life has been a form of artistic expression. In an effort to describe the world around him, man (and woman) has put pencil, chalk, and paint to a surface to draw figures; animals, humans, things of nature and manmade objects. However, this type of artistic expression was no more than what was expected: recreating reality. Giving this type of art an actual name is a more recent event.
Few artists have created a world as distinctive as that of Botero, who enjoys an exceptional position as one of the most successful contemporary artists.
“The ancients called man a lesser world, and certainly the use of this name is well bestowed, because his body is an analog for the world.” – Da Vinci