Antonio Santin has a knack for turning richly textured paintings of oriental rugs into macabre portraits of possible crime scenes. It sounds absurd, but it seems to be the only apt description of the Spanish artist's hyperreal masterpieces -- eerie figurative works that capture the faint outline of a body lying beneath the patterns and folds of grandiose carpets.
Enchanting beauty and hidden horror meld seamlessly in Santin's paintings, as photorealistic visions of figures writhe -- or cease to writhe -- under layers and layers of oil and acrylic detail. Blending the mythology of murder victims wrapped in carpets with the allure of a vibrant, well-crafted image, he pokes and prods at the emotions of his viewer.
"I like playing with this sublime and sinister combo. What’s inside, what’s underneath?" Santin mused in an interview ARTINFO. "There’s some black humor involved."
Santin's paintings might leave a sour taste in your mouth, but in our opinion, hyperreal morbidity has never looked so good.