Santiago Bose

b. 1949, d. 2002, Baguio City, Philippines

Santiago Bose graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in 1972. Santiago’s work is marked by a conscious avoidance of a single recognizable style, with varied foreign and local influences, and an experimental practice. While his works reflect a deep social, political and cultural sensitivity, they are often interspersed with his special brand of wit and humor. As a multimedia artist, he promotes the use of inexpensive, found, and reusable objects in art making.

Santiago Bose was the founding president of the ‘Baguio Arts Guild’ in 1987. The Guild is an active cultural association in the northern Cordillera region of the Philippines, emphasising regional tribal traditions and the importance of using indigenous materials. Santiago also played a formative role in establishing the Baguio International Arts Festival.

Santiago was granted the prestigious ‘Thirteen Artists Award’ by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (1976). He has exhibited in major international events such as the ‘Third Asian Art Show’ in Fukuoka, Japan and the ‘Havana Biennial’ held in Cuba, both in 1989. In 1993, he was invited to the ‘First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ held at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia. Bose’s work was also included in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s exhibition ‘At Home & Abroad, 20 Contemporary Filipino Artists’ (1999).

Biography information from Asia Art Now and Invaluable, May 2023

Country: Philippines