Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

The Work of Santiago Caruso

by Suzanne on July 28th, 2011


La Condesa Sangrienta, book illustration, by Santiago Caruso, 2009 - click to enlarge

Focussing mainly on exhibiting artists, I tend to not really profile as many young artists as I'd like to and it's often illustrators that don't get nearly as much exposure here as they do over on the WurzelForum.

Anyway, whenever someone whose oeuvre I've been admiring for a good while takes the time to write a lovely little email, I will obviously make an exception to the normal posting schedule and devote a little feature to said individual.

So yesterday, the great Buenos Aires born and based Santiago Caruso invited me to check out his work and even though I was very familiar with it already - thanks to the fabulous Jon Beinart - he inspired me to explore his website further and dive into his incredibly vast archive of works.

For someone who's still in his 20s, the technical versatility, the effortless switching between genres, the treatment of historical and fictional subjects alike is deeply impressive and awe-inspiring.


Invocation by Santiago Caruso - click to enlarge

You could commission Santiago to create you anything between a black metal album cover and the design for a trashy romance novel. He's done it all.

Browsing through his galleries, you'll find yourself reminded of artists as diverse as Joel-Peter Witkin, Giorgio de Chirico, Odd Nerdrum, Jan Saudek, Francisco Goya, H R Giger and Hieronymus Bosch, to mention only a few.

In a dizzying whirlwind of surrealist theatrical compositions, you'll stumble over visual themes such as Lustmord, danses macabres, anatomical écorchés, eldritch abominations and witches' sabbaths.

Personally, I always find myself immediately drawn to his trichromatic works in black/white/red; I think that's where his genius and the way his mind and hand have absorbed history and art history come through the strongest.

You can find Santiago's website here, his blog here and he's selling original works online here.


Yira, Yira by Santiago Caruso - click to enlarge

In other news, thank fuck for poeTV and Shelley Duvall: