My work explores the space that exists between drawing and sculpture and, on the other hand, between sculpture and contemporary design creating poetic objects. I am interested in investigate the existing relationships between different plastic manifestations of contemporary art and design and their artistic contaminations. Focusing on the creation of narrative collections that reinterpret the history of cinema or art (referring to a genre, element, work or author in particular). I look for concepts and develop iconic objects that transcend their functionality to communicate a series of values. It’s about creating bridges between different disciplines to enrich my own environment: design.
Andrea Santamarina is BFA Fine Arts from Complutense University of Madrid and L’Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna (Italy). During 2004-2006 she joined the Design Department at FABRICA, The Benetton Communication Research Center (Italy), working closely with Aldo Cibic. She changed the smell of turpentine and the brushes by the mouse and the cursor in Illustrator and succumbed to the world of design. Master in Scenography by Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design (London) combines art direction for film and advertising working for companies like Empty in Madrid, coordinating the design of large scale installations and the interior design for museums and exhibitions, and developing content related to architecture and design for Radio Televison Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Design Center.
Attracted by conceptual and narrative design, she worked for designers like Martino Gamper or Jaime Hayon in London, completing her training participating in several international workshops led by renowned architects, artists, art directors, industrial designers, graphic and interactive as Lucy Orta, Andrea D’ODorico, El Último Grito, Golan Levin or Carlos Ferrater, between others.
She has received scholarships from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the BilbaoArte Foundation or the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró. She presented her first solo exhibition at La Llotgeta exhibition space sponsored by La CAM in Valencia (Spain, 2007). Since then she has been exhibited in Milan (Italy), Brisbane (Australia), Istanbul (Turkey), Paris (France), London (Uk), San Sebastian, Palma de Mallorca, Bilbao or Madrid, in centers like The George Pompidou Center, BilbaoArte Foundation, MATADERO (Design Center) or EsBaluard Contemporary Art Museum. She has recently showed her work at Rossana Orlandi’s Gallery during Milan Design Week (2018). She have been actually teaching and giving lectures in an international framework for institutions like IED (Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid) or Dmad (Rey Juan Carlos University).
Photo by Simone Gallucci.
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