Influenced by several artistic movements and styles ranging from surrealism, lowbrow and pop art to Renaissance and Baroque painting.
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 80s/90s, adding all of this to his love for the visual arts, made him want to be a painter and work in the art world.
His most recent paintings embrace pop culture, a mixture of reality and fiction, other alternate realities, and symbiosis. Previously, he has made series about everyday realities and social criticism.
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His works were exhibited in several galleries in Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom and United States, he has participated in numerous collective and individual art 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).
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.
Different private collections have his works in several parts of the world such as Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and USA.