Andres Santiago Ocampo's Gallery

Andres Santiago Ocampo's Gallery

I was was born in the then idyllic city of Cuernavaca, in Southern Mexico, and I started becoming a visual artist by age 12, in late 1980. Back then, I seldom thought about the meaning of my I artworks. I would mostly start by carving the minute general outlines of tiny nude human figurines into pieces of chalk, or of more or less randomly cast plaster, and then turning those figurines into attempts to mimic the style and proportions of Hellenistic statuary. I did make direct references to the sculptures and the myths that they represented in the titles, but I barely understood their archetypal meanings, and I didn't worry much about having something to say. The shape of things was a reason enough.

I learned to sculpt spontaneously, out of the blue; but I had to study a little to become a painter. I spent four years studying the draughtsmanship of the nude human figure with my mentor, sculptor Alejo Jacobo, I also studied photography at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía in Cuernavaca, and art history, and many other things on my own.

I started dedicating myself fulltime to fine arts at age 20, and it was my main source of revenue for the next 14 years. Then I started to work in tv production, and the work was so absorbing that I stopped painting completely for nearly a decade. When I started painting again, I was not as skillful as before, but now I had plenty of things to say through my paintings.

I paint for the sheer joy of it, and I paint ideas that relate with the joy and awe of life, of thinking and understanding. As of now I am working on three series, that have been ongoing for a few years already. These are The Gilded Cages, Reason attempting to apprehend Reality, and The Loopstation at the Treasure of the Temple of the Muses.

The Gilded Cages is about attachment. The attachment to those things that we want so much, that we may be willing to sacrifice our freedom for the sake of getting or keeping them.

Reason Attempting to apprehend Reality is about the amazement that we experience when we discover and understand the world around us, but also about the curiosity that drives our attempts to try to make sense of reality, and to create meaning.

The Loop-station at the Treasure of the Temple of the Muses is about the inspiration that we get from other people. How our love for other people's beauty or their work can become the drive for our own creative processes.