Filipino, 20th century, male.
Born 1945, in Baguio City, Philippines; died 2002, in Baguio City.
Painter, installation artist, performance artist. Indigenous folk art, socio-political themes, multiculturalism.
Baguio Arts Guild.
Santiago Bose studied at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts from 1967 to 1972 and took up further studies at the West 17th Print Workshop in New York City from 1980 to 1981. He is known for his mixed-media paintings, assemblages, and installations that use varied local materials such as bamboo, ash and debris, and hand-woven textiles. He also did performances and portrayed himself as a cultural drifter and provocateur. Often combining traditional animist symbols with post-colonial imagery, his work focused on the effects of colonialism on the Philippine psyche and identity.
From the 1980s, Bose participated in numerous international exhibitions, artist residencies, and conferences. He lived in the United States for several years and spent considerable time in Australia, where he had a long artistic collaboration and personal relationship with the artist Pat Hoffie. Returning to Baguio City in ...