Tyler Santangelo is a painter, musician and actor who works in a variety of mediums to reflect on his daily experiences. Santangelo’s artwork has been shown internationally. His background in music, acting, and film all influence his paintings. Implementing oil pastel, spray paint, and acrylic paint on canvas, the artist engages with themes such as climate change, health, internet, and technology, questioning both their role in his life and contemporary culture.
The scale of paintings has increased as Santangelo’s studio space expanded, and artistic practice continues. He uses his hands, paintbrushes, and spatulas to create texture and apply color, involving movement and direct contact with the canvas. The development and composition of the piece is dependent on the artist’s instincts and emotions while painting, allowing for freedom and intuitive decisions. His artistic process results in gestural pieces involving drips and scrapes, depicting themes of spontaneity. The works are generally abstract, sprinkled with recognizable symbols and figures. Resembling collage, Santangelo combines multiple media, and uses negative space and areas of blank canvas to provide moments of clarity in juxtaposition to his high energy mark-making.