Santiago Galeas was born to parents from Peru and El Salvador, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His work uses a diverse range of subjects that address varying concepts in portraiture, often including LGBTQ and racial issues. Galeas believes that the contemporary figurative painting scene is severely lacking in its diversity and his work brings a light to those who are often underrepresented. Many of his figures dissect the diaspora of Latino race and culture, and question our place within American culture. Galeas has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Colorado, and has an upcoming exhibition in Quito, Ecuador. Recently he was invited to attend artist residencies in Mexico, Ecuador, and Philadelphia. Aside from exhibiting, publications have been showcasing his work including The Huffington Post, the cover of Poets and Artists Magazine, and several local newspaper sources.
My work is primarily about representation. I want to bring to light populations that aren’t normally focused on in contemporary portraiture. As a queer Latino man I feel myself treading between finding myself as an artist and constantly standing in as the face of these communities that I represent. It is not a position I find many painters in and I feel that it’s an important one in today’s social climate. Many of my figures confront the machismo of Latin America, dissect the diaspora of Latino race and culture, and question our place within American culture, from recent immigrants to my fellow first generations coming of age.