Avant-gardists have not treated religious themes for several centuries. From the start, Santiago García Sáenz has been painting with pure avant-gardist's freshness and he set out to develop his project, already a kind of crusade, "I am looking for you, (Latin) America ". This was the theme of an important exhibition held at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in 1987.
Nowadays, when painting either emerges directly from the interior self or is sifted through the mind, García Sáenz finds solutions deep in his heart and adds a cosmic dimension to his depiction of customs. His quest for (Latin) America has become more intense. He passed through varied Argentinean landscapes until, fate or accident, he comes to enter the field of Christian imagery. García Sáenz was appointed to paint the Way of the Cross and the altar ensemble in the church of Santa Cecilia, in Castelar, a position dreamt of by so many ancient artists. He produced an original Way of the Cross with the scenes flowing continuously along a wall of the temple of Villa Udaondo.
In his paintings, his approach to spiritual art, which has a strong European influence here, is personal. He has achieved a balance between expressionism with reminiscences of primeval simplicity and the gestual quality that has characterized his work so far. He builds up a synthesis of Argentinean Mesopotamian landscape and those perpetual biblical figures.
García Sáenz intends to continue his quest for (Latin) America until 1992, the year of the 500 th anniversary of European settlement in our lands. Ambitious and plenty of faith, he has enthusiastically employed his creativity to transform his pilgrimage into a personal re-discovery of the new world and its never ending relationship with Christianity. Those who have been following the progress of this research have watched this process through the eyes of this young artist and his eternal, optimistic pictures.
ARTINF N°76, Buenos Aires, 1989