Álvaro Santiago was born in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1953. In 1966, he entered the Fine Arts School of the Benito Juarez University in Oaxaca and, in 1975, he studied at the National Painting, Sculpture and Engraving School La Esmeralda, in Mexico City.
His work includes a broad range of technics and formats from which engraving and wood stand out. His style has outlined him as a surrealist artist.
Santiago has participated in individual exhibitions since 1978. Among others, he’s had several shows at Óscar Román Gallery since 1994; at The Bond Gallery, in San Francisco, California in 1996; the exhibition “The Fantastic Realism” at National Stamp Museum in Mexico City, in 2001. He has exhibited his work in the United States and Canada.
Since 1978, he has been part of several collective exhibitions and biennials. In 1982, he participated in the First Rufino Tamayo biennial in Oaxaca; in 1986 he showed his work in the exhibition “Oaxaca and it’s Magical Painters” at Centro Aldaba in Madrid, Spain. He has also participated in collective exhibitions in the United States, Costa Rica and Germany.
His work is part of several private and public collections such as Amparo Museum, in Puebla, Mexico; the Stamp Museum; the Bank of Mexico collection, and the Museum of Latin American Art, among others.