Spanish artist Pejac, also known as Silvestre Santiago, was born in 1977 in Santander, Cantabria, located on the North coast of Spain. He studied Fine Arts in Salamanca and Barcelona and studied in 2001 in Italy at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano. At that moment, Pejac started creating urban art in the streets of Milan when he became dissatisfied with his art teachers who thought art should belong to a museum or a gallery.
Pejac excels in the art of minimalism using often only black paint and highly recognisable symbols. He is one of the few who can express so much using minimal interventions. His works vary from small drawings to large outdoor murals and involve various techniques. Pejac is also an accomplished painter who works on canvas. Whatever format Pejac chooses, his creations seem always simple yet powerful and reflect great intelligence. Melanchology, humour and poetry are also in the heart of all his works whose aim is to capture attention and spread a message. His paintings always tackle social and economic matters and deal with topics such as environment, freedom and peace. The artist often uses silhouetted figures in both serious or playful scenes.
His most famous outdoor creation is certainly his representation of the world going down the drain as it went viral. This is an example of Pejac’s intention to draw attention on current issues and thus connect with people so as to raise awareness.
In 2016, Pejac visited Jordan where he painted in Al- Hussein Palestinian refugee camp in Amman a series of pieces aiming to bring attention to the refugees' conditions of living. He later left his mark on Al-Azraq Syrian refugee camp to highlight the situation of children and their mothers as more than half of the population of this refugee camp are children.
Pejac has an incredible ability to revisit classic masterpieces. Among his remakes of Van Gogh, Hokusai, Edvard Munch... Pejac's most impressive tribute is undoubtedly to French Impressionist painter Monet. On the shores of Cantabria, Pejac recreated Monet's « Impression, Sunrise » on a rusty semi-sunk ship. With the daily tides, the water alternately hides and reveals the painting to the passing ships, giving thus life to the image. Painting this piece was quite challenging as the artist had to stand on a small boat to paint and wait for low tide. Lately, the artist unveiled a stained glass version of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” on an astronaut helmet during his solo show Law of the Weakest in London.
Pejac is an artist who pushes the boundaries of visual art. The artist is certainly a master in the art of “trompe l’oeils” and optical illusions and distortions to fool our eye as his skilled works perfectly blend into their environment and incorporate their surroundings. In 2014, Pejac painted a series of three-dimensional works on the streets of Uskudar, in the Asian part of Istanbul. The three pieces are very close from one another in order to establish a special connection between them. The project, called Lock, Poster and Shutters, is intended to represent the perception and illusion of freedom. Some of his gallery artworks literally breaks through the frames thus creating a visually striking and unconventional composition. For his Redemption series, the artist utilised panels of pressed wood as canvas, using its texture to create an illusion of perspective. The monochrome scenes he painted on the wooden surface highlights how natural environments are continuously devastated.
When asked whether he defines himself as a street artist, a muralist, or a fine artist, Pejac claimed to be a mix of the three. Whether he works on paper, canvas, wood panels or in the streets, Pejac has proven his ability to adapt and to use all sorts of artistic tools. Over the years, the multi-faceted artist has built a solid reputation for his poignant art which always touch on social and economic themes. Some may draw a parallel between Pejac and Banksy as both are engaged artists. Pejac's works are exhibited mainly in Spain (Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca) and recently in England (London). His subtle artwork can be found in the streets of Madrid, Paris, London, Milan, Stavanger, Moscow, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo, and he now wishes to paint in the USA