Santiago Uceda: The Visitor

Released Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Visitor, by Santiago Uceda.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Little Kids Rock.

Santiago Uceda is an illustrator and designer originally from Peru who now resides in Corvallis, Oregon. His work can be found in magazines, gig posters, gallery shows, shoes, t-shirts, playing cards, murals and even a short-lived, online comic.

About the print:
This piece was originally created as a gig poster for Finn Riggins, a band from Idaho. I have been working with outer space and travel themes ever since I did a poster last year for a science and arts festival, where the theme was the cosmos. The theme for this piece is travel and discovery in other worlds.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


Tell us a little bit about the process for this piece.
I was playing with the idea of mixing space travel with floral elements. I'm not sure where the idea came from; sometimes I like to juxtapose elements that don't necessarily make sense together.

What has inspired you recently?
I find inspiration everywhere, though I try not to look for it in visuals, especially online. I am inspired by collaborations I'm working on - exchanging ideas with others usually leads to more inspired ideas.

How has your background influenced you?
My Catholic upbringing has influenced both my aesthetics and the themes you see in my work. My paintings often include images of Catholic iconography I would see every Sunday during mass. Seeing the 12 Stations of the Cross was probably my first exposure to visual narrative. As far as themes go, I often explore issues like trust, guilt, and duality.

What are you working on these days?
Lately I have been trying to teach myself how to animate my illustrations in After Effects. I have been working on small motion graphics projects at work, and also on my own experimentations in personal projects - I would like to work on an animated music video. One thing I like about animation is that you get to collaborate with other artists. I would like to collaborate with other artists more.

Why did you choose to pair Little Kids Rock with your print?
I chose Little Kids Rock for a couple of reasons: I have small children, they love music, and it seems like there is less of an emphasis in arts and music education in schools these days.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
I would choose Robert Rauschenberg as a mentor. He questioned the distinction between art objects and everyday objects. I remember going to junkyards when I was a student, looking for anything to paint on or use as art materials.

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