‘Pallbearers’ by Leonardo Santamaria
Artist: Leonardo Santamaria
Medium: Graphite, Acrylic, and Coloured Pencil on Paper Mounted onto Panel
Dimensions: 40” x 40”
Framing: Float Frame
Year of Creation: 2017
About the Artwork:
“Six pallbearers carry death into the sea. Rather than a casket, together they hold a large burning tree, so grand is it that it does not fit entirely into the canvas. Lockstep, they are choreographed both in movement and in form as they wear matching Barongs, the Filipino traditional formal wear. The scene is dim, and the light source is obscure. One might quantify its origin being the fire from the tree. And now we question if the fire will take the pallbearers lives. Is this their funeral?” – Leonardo Santamaria
About the Artist:
Leonardo Santamaria was born with a twin brother in Quezon City in Metro Manila, Philippines where he and his family then immigrated to New Jersey. Soon after, they moved to Southern California where he eventually made his way to study at ArtCenter College of Design. He now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He has future plans of moving back to Manila and ultimately to New York City.
Clients include The New York Times, Harmonix, Vanishing Angle Films, GentleMayhem, Narratively, Designmatters, Unnamed Press, TEDxBermuda, and others.