Marco Santos contemporary art website

Influenced by several artistic movements and styles, ranging from surrealism, pop surrealism (lowbrow) and likewise, pop art.

See the artist’s online art gallery down below. Marco Santos (1981, Valença, Portugal) is a self-taught Portuguese / Spanish artist. Marco always saw in drawing a form of communication, like a channel of expression which his imagination created. Since a very young age he drew about his surroundings like his parents, pets, schoolmates… But above all, he liked to draw his favorite fictional characters.  Lover of cinema, tv series, animations and comics,  he was therefore inspired by the pop culture of the 80’s, adding all of this to his love for the visual arts, made him want to be a painter and work in the art world.

He was influenced by several artistic movements and styles, ranging from surrealism, pop surrealism (lowbrow) and likewise, pop art.


Art Gallery

Series of artworks, click on the desired category to see the images

Moustache of justice

Crossover is a literary technique of mixing characters from diverse core interacting between them.


Pop Symbiosis

Symbiosis is the interaction between two different organisms living in close association, usually to the advantage of both organisms.

Impassive observer

Daily realities

These works are born as an expression of what we live in day by day

Natural unbalance

The darkside of society

Marco Santos takes us in these works into the shadows of society, into the disguised reality presented to us by different media, manipulation, and distortion of our reality.

Photo of Marco Santos

Paintings with meaning - Oil and acrylic on canvas

My artwork is very diverse, my most recent paintings embrace pop culture, a mix of reality, fiction, other realities and symbiosis using characters from different areas for that. On the other hand I have a series about everyday realities, themes about what is part of our daily lives. Also social criticisms , in other words, reflecting some of the injustices that surround us. 

My artworks were exhibited in several galleries of Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and USA.

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Lastest works…

Contemporary artist from Portugal

About me:

Marco Santos was born in 1981 and he is a painter from Valença do Minho, Portugal. Painting always fascinated him from the beginning of his childhood. Influenced him to show more interest in crafting illustrations of his surroundings, his parents, pets, nature, and all other attractive components from his childhood. On top of drawing his surroundings, he always engaged himself in sketching out fictional characters.

Self-taught artist

He is a self-taught Portuguese/Spanish artist who decides dedicate his creativity to produce something that the public would love to visualize.

Till the day, he has won several hearts with his aesthetic sense of art expressed through his painting. Marco Santos is also a man of powerful imagination who loves to catalyze that instinct with paint.

It is not easy to pour all your thoughts on just one or two paintings. Instead, it takes more to express what you are thinking. Shortly, he flourished as one of the painters who always strives to keep the ‘true meaning of art’ intact.

Art exhibitions

Exquisitely, Santos has successfully participated and exhibited his works in many art shows including group, collaborative, and solo exhibitions. Among the retrospectives, here are some examples… “Esencial” at Galeria Léucade (Murcia, Spain), “Friducha, A Frida Kahlo inspired art show” at La Bodega Gallery (San Diego, Califórnia) and “PortugArt” at DContemporary (London, UK). Moreover, he also participated in the outbound group exhibitions across the world.

He also presented his artworks jointly with Elena Ojea’s poetry in Castelo da Raiña Dona Urraca (Salvaterra, Spain) and Galeria Ap’ostrophe (Vigo, Spain). Other than this alliance, he also shook hands with another prominent artist António Porto and exhibited his artworks in many  shows.

It is worth mentioning that his solo exhibition also rewarded him recognition and acceptance of his artworks to a great extent. He, alone, organized exhibitions till the day to showcase his unique style, amalgamated his imagination with different forms of art.

So how exactly does Marco Santos contributes to the world of art? Simply, he broke the conventional mechanisms of recreating artworks and went beyond with his imagination power to change people’s modernistic perceptions of art. Throughout his career, Santos has gradually transformed his working style from ordinary to different and still leaving no stone unturned to revolutionize the world of art.

His careful portraiture, with precise lines and balanced colours, expresses his instinct and creative thinking with his paintbrushes. The painter is still actively exploring the diverse world of art. He has done a series of work articulating different factors influenced by the pop culture.

Figurative art

Surrealism, Pop Surrealism, and Pop art are the recurring themes in Santos’s works. He manifests his creativity and imagination and this it’s one of the traits that distinguish his artwork from others.

Looking at his paintings will give anyone, especially an art enthusiast, to take his artworks into account and extend his/her thinking regarding the unique pieces.

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