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 from the Innovation Fabrik in Berlin.
For the last 20 years, Santelli’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 beginning in a 3D space using virtual reality technology but he ends on a real canvas by a real painting act, all the pieces are unique.
Landscape is an important subject for Santelli that he links to our era of environmental transformation and hyper-connected world, a digital chaos where it is becoming harder and harder staying human.
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.
During his live virtual painting performances Santelli will allows the audience to watch the begining of the creative process.
Then he select some photos which he manipulates again directly with an image editing software.
Once the result is relevant he prints it on canvas and then he works on it again with traditional painting
Three-dimensional hand made brush strokes degraded by the artefacts that are specific to the digital medium are a vital element of his work.
The final artwork result from Interplay between the Human and Technology, a relationship between the natural feeling of a real painting on canvas combined with the artificial precision of a digital technology.
He will participate in the next CONTEXT Art Miami with the gallery Lise Braun Collection next december.