Denis Santelli is a French Artist living in Paris. He holds a Master in Fine Arts MFA (DNSEP) from the North French Higher Art School (Ecole des Beaux-Arts). He has participated in several exhibitions and has been invited to various seminars and talks about Art & New Media in the USA and in Europe. He got involved with Interactive Art, experimenting with algorithms, and sensors. He showed his work at RunMe, le Cube (Fr) and Rhizome. He taught New Media Art at National Higher Art School (Beaux-Arts) of Paris-Cergy and Interactive Media Design at the International Institute of Internet Research & Laboratories. He was recently exhibited at Parisoma, San Francisco and at the Digital Village, Paris. He also received a commission for a Mural for the Innovation Fabrik in Berlin.
For the last 20 years, Denis’s been experimenting with various innovative technologies related to digital art including generative art, but Denis Santelli is a classically trained artist, his primary medium was oil paint on canvas. Today he paints in a 3D space using virtual reality technology.
Landscape is an important subject for Santelli that he links to our era of environmental transformation.
Influenced by Nicolas Poussin, Turner, Monet and also abstract expressionist artists like Cy Twombly and Joan Mitchell, Santelli’s paintings appear to have been created spontaneously but are constructed using compositional guideline and classical rules.
Three-dimensional hand made brush strokes degraded by the artefacts that are specific to the digital medium are a vital element of his work.
During his live virtual painting performances Santelli allows the audience to watch the creative process unfold from beginning to completion.
He will participate in the next CONTEXT Art Miami with the gallery Lise Braun Collection next december.