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Elsa Santos was born in 1971 in Seville, Spain. She grew up in a family of artists of multiple generations. In Andalucia, her grandfather and father are well-known artists and sculptors, with important works in many public squares, churches and private collections.
Elsa studied in the very traditional Faculty of Fine Arts in Seville and she specialized in painting, yet her training is broad and classical, from fresco painting to experimental work with new mediums and chemistries.
After graduating Elsa moved to London (10 years), Singapore (2 years) and finally Sydney, where she has worked in the film and visual effects industry as a digital artist and art director. Her work can be seen in feature films such as Harry Potter, Troy, Walking With Beasts or The Great Gatsby.
She become an Australian citizen in 2012.

Elsa’s practice spans the traditional and the modern. She is a gifted drafts-woman and a fine practitioner of techniques learned in Spain from her family and faculty. She prepares her own materials and explores the exciting conformation of pigment and medium.

Elsa’s preferred mode of expression is drawing; through recent years she has developed a unique technique that allows her to create very precise lines on the surface layer of the painting using an etching needle. Often layer upon layer of drawings receding into the substrate of the medium.

Her source of inspiration comes from the myriad natural forms in her life and journeys, mysterious and organic shapes that seem unplanned but yet so perfect and beautifully fit together. These observations have become visual themes in her image making.

Elsa has work in private collections in Australia, London, and Spain and has participated in numerous exhibitions in these countries.

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Education

Studied Fine Arts in the University of Seville, Spain, from 1990 to 1995, specializing in Painting. Bachelor’s Degree in painting.
In 1995 was awarded a government scholarship, she went to Athens, Greece to continue her studies of Painting, studying landscape.

Other courses:

-“The Portrait in Its Practice. Studio Through a Video-digital Process”. Seville, Spain.
-“Printmaking and Lithography”. Seville, Spain.
-“Introduction to the Video Technology”. University of Seville.
-“20TH Summer Course on Folk Art”. Zalaegerszeg, Hungary.

Exhibitions

– Of Humans and Nature (solo). The Shop Gallery. Sydney 2018.
– The Greenway Art prize exhibition 2018 (group). Finalist painting prize. Sydney.
– Nature (solo). Abercrombie Gallery, Sydney 2018.
– For Art’s Sake. Design Centre, Enmore, Sydney 2017.
– The Greenway Art prize exhibition 2016. Finalist. Sydney.
– Birds + Us (group). Claire Layman Gallery, Melbourne. 2016
– Annual Group Exhibition (group). The Shop Gallery, Sydney. 2016.
– The Nature of Things (solo), The Shop Gallery, Sydney. 2015.
– All Women Art Exhibition. Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery. Florida, USA. 2015.
– 40×40 Art Prize exhibition (group). Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy. 2014.
– The Greenway Art prize exhibition 2014 (group), Sydney. Awarded “Highly commended”.
– “The Art of Love”. Arndean Gallery, Cork Street (group), London, UK. 2004.
– Autumn Exhibition (group). Seville, Spain. 1997.
– The Royal Academy of Arts, Autumn Exhibition (group). Seville, Spain. 1997.
– “Young Expression” (group). Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain. 1996/1997.
– “Young Artist from Jerez” (solo), Cadiz, Spain. 1996.
– The Royal Academy of Arts, Autumn Exhibition (group). Seville, Spain.1996.
– “Selected Works for the 1997 poster of the Carnival” (group), Cadiz, Spain. 1996.
– “Young Artists Pro-Bosnia”. Antares Club (group). Seville, Spain. 1996.
– V National Drawing Award, (group), Madrid, Spain. 1995.
– The Royal Academy of Arts, Autumn Exhibition (group). Cadiz, Spain. 1995.
– The Royal Academy of Arts, Autumn Exhibition (group). Cadiz, Spain. 1993.
– The Royal Academy of Arts, Autumn Exhibition (group). Seville, Spain. 1992.
– “Terracota” (group). Fine Arts School, Seville, Spain. 1992.

AWARDS AND GRANTS

– Finalist. Greenway Art Prize, 2018.
– Artist in residence, The Demountable, Leichhardt Council, NSW. Australia. January 2015 to January 2016.
– Highly Commended Greenway Art Prize, 2014.
– Winner of the ARTfest-Digital, 2014.
– Finalist – “Selected Works for the 1997 poster of the Carnival”, Cadiz, Spain. 1996.
– Finalist – V National Drawing Award, (group), Madrid, Spain. 1995.
– Highly Commended award to the sculpture “Wounded Deer”, The Royal Academy of Arts. Autumn Exhibition, Seville, Spain, 1992.
– Erasmus Scholarship, University of Seville. The destination was the University of Athens, Greece, 1995.
– Scholarship of the Ministry of Spain, Foreign Office. The destination was Hungary where I made a summer course on Folk Art. 1996.
– First prize to the artwork “Interior”, in the exhibition “Young Expression”. Cadiz, Spain 1996.

Press

https://www.artpharmacy.com.au/blog/2018/4/3/interview-with-an-artist-elsa-santos

Influences

Symbolism, surrealism art, nature, figurative, drawing.

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