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“While not paying attention to anything I am paying attention to everything, so everything is my inspiration” – Pejac
Silvestre Santiago, AKA Pejac, is a Spanish street artist known for his minimalist style confronting real-world issues. Renowned for adding clever twists to familiar images and skillfully reinventing the public space, Pejac uses his work to explore sensitive social and environmental issues with melancholy and humour. His works, such as his painting of continents going down a drain or painting of the iconic photograph of a Buddhist monk setting fire to himself, deliver a powerful message and are provocative and critical.
Born in Santander in 1977, Pejac studied art in Salamanca and Barcelona before transferring to the Accademia di Bella Arte in Milan in 2001. Rebelling against the elitism displayed by his professors, he embarked on his street art career, wishing to make art accessible to everyone regardless of whether or not they could afford to visit a gallery.
Pejac implements a number of tools different tools and is constantly seeking alternative ways to present his works.
To classify Pejac as a street artist is something of a misnomer: his work is that of a highly-skilled technical artist, capable of painting in a classical style. Pejac feels comfortable minimising his work to bare silhouettes or shadows. The ability to use a vast range of mediums, techniques, formats and styles, makes his works unique and recognizable – a rare feat in the art world.