Katia Santibañez

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Between Waves , 2008 Acrylic On Wood 24 X 24 Inches © Danese
Katia Santibañez

511 West 22 Street
New York, NY 10011
November 21st, 2008 - December 20th, 2008
Opening: November 20th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 10-6


Danese is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by Katia Santibañez. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, November 20. The exhibition will continue through December 20.

Meditating on nature and geometry, Katia Santibañez’s paintings and drawings reveal the intimacy of her hand and mind. In an 'exemplary marriage of Apollonian and Dionysian sensibilities,'  Santibañez’s work is both a rational examination of the grid, the core of 20th century reductivist aesthetics, and a distillation of the organic, the natural world – a skein of anatomical tendons and ligaments, and the meandering sensuality of ductile line. In the text for the exhibition catalogue Lucy Bowditch comments, 'each square is a unique formal visual poem. Santibañez starts with a familiar structure and then generates unbounded variety and possibility within that system.'

While works in the exhibition like First Glimpse and Between Caresses also yield implicit associations with the green world—spindly saplings, ferns, vines, and roots—others, like Meeting Yaddo, Following the Path, Night in August and A Touch of Fall appeal to the rhythms and cadences of textiles, conflating foreground and background and disturbing the assumed spatial relationship between them. Painted in acrylic, on wood no larger than 38 by 34 inches, the works’ compacted imagery aggressively defy the literal dimensions of the painting itself. They assert the raw energy of contrasting colors and the excitement of complexity made palpable.

Katia Santibañez was born in Paris in 1964. She earned her B.F. in 1990 from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des beaux Arts de Paris. Her paintings and drawings have been included in numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. She currently works and lives in New York.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by Lucy Bowditch. For further information please contact Carol Corey or Alexandra Woodworth at (212) 223-2227 or