'The trajectory of my practice is an exploration of the human interface between our built environment, history, technology, our own self-relevance, and how we navigate this relationship to construct our notions of order, in an infinite world of chaos. The mediums that I choose for this exploration are a synthesis of old and new forms of making. I make to transform the threshold where art becomes an artifact, back to art again. As an Indigenous Futurist, I believe that art can transcend representation and become something sacred that embodies life itself, through a multiplicity of being. My work directly engages the notions of a post-human world, but actualizes to activate the possibility of our own prosperity, by painting our self-constructed limitations and deconstructing them.'
Santiago x is a descendant of North American mound builders and stone carvers from the Marianas Islands. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Master of Architecture from the University of Southern California and Bachelor's in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado. Santiago x is an enrolled member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (Koasati) and Indigenous Chamorro from the Island of Guam U.S.A (Hacha'Maori). Currently Santiago X is reinvigorating Indigenous mound building via two public earthwork installations being constructed along the Chicago and Desplaines River in Chicago, Illinois.