Andrea Santamarina, Ph.D, is a designer and researcher. Her work is represented by Rossana Orlandi’s Gallery in Milan and Mint in London. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Complutense University of Madrid and L’Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna and a Master’s in Scenography from Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design. During 2004-2006 she joined the Design Department at FABRICA, The Benetton Communication Research Center (Italy), working closely with Aldo Cibic. Her previous work on art direction for film and advertising led her to develop artwork with a sequential character.
Attracted by conceptual and narrative design, she worked for designers like Martino Gamper or Jaime Hayon in London, completing her training by participating in several international workshops led by renowned architects, artists, art directors, industrial designers such as Lucy Orta, Andrea D’ODorico, El Último Grito, Golan Levin or Carlos Ferrater, between others. She has received scholarships from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the BilbaoArte Foundation, and the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró.
She presented her first solo exhibition at La Llotgeta exhibition space sponsored by La CAM in Valencia. Since then, her work has been exhibited in Milan, Brisbane, Istanbul, Paris, London, Barcelona, San Sebastian, Palma de Mallorca, Bilbao or Madrid, in centers like The George Pompidou Center, BilbaoArte Foundation, MATADERO (Design Center) or Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum (Palma de Mallorca).
Andrea Santamarina has been teaching and giving lectures in an international framework for institutions like The Royal College of Arts (London), Basque Culinary Center (San Sebastian), Pontificia Università della Santa Croce (Roma) or UNAM (México).
Selected works, 2019-2022
My work explores the space between drawing and sculpture and between sculpture and contemporary design, looking for concepts and developing iconic objects and installations that transcend their functionality to communicate a series of values. I work in Talavera de la Reina, where ceramics were declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Spanish town of Talavera de la Reina became internationally renowned for ceramics and their drawing methods. My latest collections aim to preserve and renew the historical memory of a craft tradition: pottery, which is currently in danger of extinction. They called it “La ciudad de la cerámica” or The City of Ceramics.