Antonio Santin Paints Peculiar Carpets with Items Hiding Underneath

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Sep 20, 2013 • References: antoniosantin and emptykingdom
Antonio Santin is a Spanish artist from Madrid and is currently working out of New York City painting carpets in an animated way. These paintings are so interesting because they capture people or objects hiding under intricately designed carpets. They are expressive and captivating because they add a bit of mystery to the painting, leaving the spectator wondering what’s hidden underneath.

His series also features women wrapped in carpet-like textiles, hinged over couches, stairs and lying lifeless on the floor. Perhaps they comment on untapped effects that textiles have on our lives, or perhaps he’s hiding something a little deeper. The shadows that these hidden figures cast are dramatic and uncanny. I can’t help but wonder if these carpets are hiding destructive forces behind beauty.