Art Art &Comic Art &Illustration &Independent Animation &Layout & Design 11 Oct 2010 07:18 am

“Ex Vida” from Santiago Cohen – 1

- At a recent event, I was sitting with a couple of other artists and we bagan talking about Santiago Cohen. Here’s one of the greats on the New York scene, and it seems as though he went from super success to silence. We all were hoping something would happen, if only so that we could see more art.

When I returned from my short vacation, I was surprised to find an email from Santiago. He offered to send me part of a piece he was working on to get my thoughts. It’s an illustrated biographical notebook. And, as expected it’s stunning. I received the first couple hundred pages, and I asked Santiago if I could post it. He said yes, so here we go.

It’s appropriate that this piece should start today, Columbus Day. It’ll continue for a while. I’ll break it into parts, all about 40 pages, where it seems unobtrusive. This is “Art” with a capital “A” in the making, from Santiago. It’d make an incredible film.

Let us know what you think.

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More next Monday.


34 Responses to ““Ex Vida” from Santiago Cohen – 1”

  1. on 11 Oct 2010 at 8:57 am 1.Stephen Macquignon said …

    Both the written and the illustrations are intense as well as beautiful

  2. on 11 Oct 2010 at 9:29 am 2.J.J. Sedelmaier said …

    Santiago is one of NY’s design AND animation treasures! Thanks for giving him the focus he deserves!
    He’s a helluva sweet guy as well!!

  3. on 11 Oct 2010 at 9:32 am 3.Richard O'Connor said …

    Santiago Cohen is another artist who is as great a person as they are a painter/illustrator/storyteller.

    I believe, he had a show of with some of these on 23rd Street a few years ago. Having them surround you as the story unfolds is a vibrant shake. If I recall correctly, many of those paintings preceded these in the family timeline. The style was also a little different, so it may have been an earlier incarnation of the project.

  4. on 11 Oct 2010 at 10:43 am 4.Hachtman said …

    Wonderful wonderful – amazing. Thank you thank you.
    I agree with Richard – great ART and GREAT PERSON!
    And again THANK YOU.

  5. on 11 Oct 2010 at 2:24 pm 5.Samantha R. Vamos said …

    Santiago Cohen is the illustrator of my first children’s picture book, “Before You Were Here, Mi Amor” (Viking Children’s Books, 2009). His work is absolutely vibrant, warm, and joyful. I had the great pleasure of meeting Santiago in California last year when we met to promote the book at a California book festival. He is such a wonderful man. I was so thrilled to meet him and I’m so grateful that we were paired on this book. I think his work is beautiful and I think he’s a remarkably talented, humble, lovely person. I hope more people discover his fantastic work. He deserves great success.

  6. on 11 Oct 2010 at 7:46 pm 6.Elynn said …

    Santiago I love these! Can’t wait to see more!!!!

    How inspirational.

  7. on 12 Oct 2010 at 4:24 pm 7.Santiago Cohen said …

    Thank you for your comments. I hope you like the rest of the story.
    All my love to you,

  8. on 13 Oct 2010 at 5:36 am 8.羽鸟木子 said …


    (Alta Vista translation: Thanks you letting us share. Really US special work.)

  9. on 13 Oct 2010 at 5:39 am 9.羽鸟木子 said …


    (Alta Vista translation: I thought that your blog was very long, it let me learn and has been a splendid, but marvelous thing.)

  10. on 25 Oct 2010 at 2:01 am 10.Alexa Grace said …

    Santiago is such a wonderful person.

    His colorful expressive drawings are so

    beautiful……coming straight from his heart.

  11. on 05 Aug 2011 at 11:53 am 11.July said …

    Es divertido, me gusta mucho. Felicitades Santiago tienes una gran imaginación!!!
    July Aguilar

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