Santiago Tavella (Montevideo, 1961)

Musician, visual artist, writer and curator. He studied painting with Miguel A. Pareja (1974‑1982), architecture at the UDELAR (1980), musical composition with Luis Trochón (1980) and Coriún Aharonián (1982‑1986), song with Nelly Pacheco (1988 and 2012) and digital techniques with Daniel Argente (2000) and Brian Mackern (2002‑2004).

Founder member of the rock group El Cuarteto de Nos (1980), 13 albums released, performances in Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States.

Since 2009, he has performed as a solo artist in Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

His work as a visual artist has been exhibited since 1990 (Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Havana, New York, Santiago de Chile, Saragossa and Sao Paulo).

His most outstanding individual exhibitions have been Planos plegables de la ciudad de Tajo (1990) at the Galería del Notariado, Montevideo, Uruguay; Helarte de Santiago Tavella (2000) at the Engelman Ost Collection in Montevideo, Uruguay, with Clio Bugel and Fernando López Lage as curators; and Vivir el plano (2012) curated by Verónica Cordeiro, at the National Museum of Visual Arts (MNAV) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

His most outstanding participations in joint exhibitions have been File-Symposium (August 2002) at the Paço das Artes & SESC in Sao Paulo in Brazil; Thisisnotanarchive (February 2005) at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandaleon Hudson, New York, the United States, with Anna Gray, Mariangela Méndez and Montserrat Albores as curators; 3 curadores, 3 orillas (2006) in Mar del Plata in Argentina with Pilar Altilio (Argentina), Marc Mercier (France) and Rulfo (Uruguay) as curators; the 8th Biennial of Video and New Media in Santiago de Chile (October 2007) as part of the Uruguayan contribution Ósmosis (Imágenes permeables), with Alejandro Cruz as curator; ¿Es posible no amar a Espinosa? (2009) at the Rosario Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) with Jacqueline Lacasa as curator; and Grata con otros (2011) at the Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, a landmark exhibition by Graciela Taquini, featuring work by various artists and with Rodrigo Alonso as curator.

His compositions can be found at the National Museum of Visual Arts (MNAV), the Engelman Ost collection and the Compañía del Oriente collection in Montevideo, Uruguay.