Born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1974, Contemporary Colombian artist Santiago Montoya began painting at the age of eight and completed his studies with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2000 at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. Montoya follows a multidisciplinary approach that embraces traditional painting, found objects and video documentary. In carefully structured series, he uses the aesthetics of materials to introduce meaning, resulting in collections where appearance and concept bear equal weight. He comments on a broad swathe of political issues, from conservation and dispossession to the transmission of information, aiming to uncover reality and bring to light the victory of the human spirit over adversity. Montoya has had exhibitions across Colombia, Europe and in the United States, and his work is part of various national and international collections.