Santiago Carbonell was born in 1960 in Quito. He is an Ecuadorian painter, who emigrated to Mexico in1986. He studied painting in Barcelona and was part of a group of young painters influenced by informalism. Tachism and working with different materials, accidents, chance, and texture are all highly influential in his works. He likes experimenting and is much influenced by the avant-garde.
His works are realistic in nature and combines elements of romanticism and minimalism. Carbonell feels that being an artist is not inherited and that the environment that one grows up in is more important than one’s genes. His father loved art and took him to museums when he was a young boy. As a child, he learned from his parents a passion for music and literature. He loves to use dancers as his models this is because they know how to move and are comfortable with their bodies. He captures the sensuality in his paintings. In his art works and paintings, we find and recognize ourselves and our dreams. He is currently living in Mexico with his wife and children and teaches art in Querétaro, Mexico in the University.