Interview by Javier Melian for www.thepalettepages.com
PASSION AND TRUTH by Javier Melian
Santiago Alcon was born in the Andalusian town of Jerez de la Frontera, next to its bull ring. As a child he trained in classical drawing and sculpture; very technical disciplines but an
excellent foundation for future work. Especially in this part of Spain, traditions are very important and art depictions are classical and religious, with most local artists adhering to these
As a young artist on a journey of self discovery and creative freedom, he left his very supportive family in shock when he decided to move to Scotland to study at the Edinburgh College of Arts.
No surprise that shortly after arrival he developed Seasonal Affective Disorder aka. ‘Winter blues’, resorting to using intense colours that would give him the warmth he craved. He brought the
colours and light from Andalucía, as well as the stark contrasts between bright light and shades you see on Spanish streets and alleyways, as in the north of Europe light blends in a different
way in urban landscapes.