Santiago Cohen is a Mexican/American artist. Worked as a designer, illustrator and Animator in major newspapers, magazines and doing animations for HBO, the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and PBS. He designed 24 episodes of the Troubles the Cat in the Big Bag series in the Cartoon Network and the color for Sniz and Fondue for Nickelodeon. Santiago has written and illustrated more than 20 children’s books and graphic novels for editorial companies like, Viking, Penguin, Fantagraphics, Marshall Cavendish, Houghton Mifflin, Warner, Golden books, Zeiner Blozer, Putnam Grosset, Skyhorse and Mad Creek Books.
He also has made a successful career in Fine Art, with shows in galleries and Museums in New York, New Jersey and Mexico. In 2014 he had a solo show at the Hunterdon Art Museum with his Exvida project, with 1150 oil paintings in the exvoto style. He has a mural in South Orange, and has been the Artistic director the Day of the Death giant puppet parade for the Jersey City since 2014.
Artist Statement: As a visual storyteller I want the viewer of my work to discover subtle political, social or environmental narratives, and it doesn’t matter if we both see the same thing. There is not a single way to read them, because the viewer has to apply it to their own experience. When I work on my artwork I explore what is affecting me in that moment and try to find visual symbols to deal with my feelings. In my process I depend on the mistakes that I make to correct them to make unusual and oneiric landscapes. I generally look for images that I love and combine them with memories of my life to tell the stories.