Santiago X received a master of architecture from the University of Southern California and bachelor's in environmental design from the University of Colorado. He is pursuing a master of fine arts in studio art and technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an enrolled member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana and Indigenous Chamorro from the island of Guam.
Who I am: I am an Indigenous Artist, descendent of Koasati weavers and mound builders from Louisiana, and Stone carvers and weavers of the Hachamaori people of Guam.
`What I make: I create multi-dimensional pieces that often have as much intuition as they do intention. I re-appropriate iconography to re-educate. I make objects and carve space that force us to re-examine our temporal existence and juxtapose that with our notions of permanence and life in flux.
Why I make: My existence and continual self-realization is my fuel, the residue that is left behind is my work. I make, to explore the threshold of where art becomes artifact, and transforms back to art again.