‘k de etaat’
220 x 230 cm, oil on canvas

 

 

 

spanish artist antonio santin‘s hyper-realistic paintings depict haunting imagery of human bodies hidden under highly ornamented tapestries. the almost tactile figures are carved through chiaroscuro, and the resulting forms appear to physically respond to the silken textiles and materials. the concealed silhouettes protrude from beneath the detailed, intricate fibers that surface the decorated carpets, revealing eerie compositions that both attract and unsettle the audience. the still-life images originate from his own composed photographs, which he projects onto a wall and manipulates their size and proportion. santin is currently exhibiting at marc straus gallery, new york.

 

 

antonio santin: hyper-real paintings of bodies under carpets
‘fiebre amarilla’
243 cm, oil on canvas

 

 

antonio santin: hyper-real paintings of bodies under carpets

‘san martin’
180 x 290 cm, oil on canvas
all images courtesy of antonio santin

 

 

antonio santin: hyper-real paintings of bodies under carpets
‘volver’
200 x 290 cm, oil on canvas

 

 

antonio santin: hyper-real paintings of bodies under carpets
‘nubes o nieblas’
200 x 220 cm, oil on canvas
private collection, philadelphia

 

 

antonio santin: hyper-real paintings of bodies under carpets
‘we rot’
370 x 220 cm, oil on canvas
private collection, new york

 

 

antonio santin: hyper-real paintings of bodies under carpets
‘agatha’
200 x 300 cm, oil and acrylic on canvas

 

 

antonio santin: hyper-real paintings of bodies under carpets
‘media veronica’
305 x 198 cm, oil on canvas
private collection, hong kong