I am captivated by the conspiracy theories and mythologies that have been birthed by our current information-glutted culture. I make art in a variety of media that explores the aesthetics and personalities of this contemporary phenomena.
Santino Gonzales is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates the complex relationship between humanity and the UFO, the ultimate other, marking a marriage between the natural world, machine networks, and the unknown. Growing up in the high desert of New Mexico, the landscape is bathed in atomic test sites, radio telescope arrays, and is haunted by ancient cultural traditions. By exploring the intersections of ufology, technology, and southwestern folklore, Gonzales unearths how these dynamics relate to a deeply human fear of alienation and desire for connection.
Tino is originally from Los Lunas, NM. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, he lived in Austin, TX making homemade ambient music. He is now based in San Francisco, CA enrolled as an MFA candidate at California College of the Arts.
2012 BFA, art studio, magna cum laude, University of New Mexico
Ada Wester Fine Arts Endowment
Helen S. Pearce Memorial Scholarship
Exhibitions & Work
2012 2pacalypse Now, Solo Exhibition John Sommers Gallery,University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
2013 Underground Symposium for Electronic Arts, Tan Gallery Albuquerque, NM
2014 Through a Student's Eyes, Judge Museum of Heritage & Arts - Los Lunas, NM
2018 No Place Else: Dystopian Sci-Fi Imagining, group exhibition, Hubbell St. Gallery - San Francisco, CA
2018 Abduction, Canyon Cinema Salon Cinema Rendezvous, short film group exhibition - San Francisco, CA
2019 Missed Connections, Canyon Cinema Cinemazine Issue #6, publication, SFABF San Francisco, CA
2019 Here, Now Gone, group exhibition, Art in General - Brooklyn, NY