Douglas Cantor (b. Puerto Boyaca, Colombia 1989) studied at Camberwell College of Arts in London, lives and works in Glasgow, UK.
Cantor’s paintings are a biographical exploration of the self, his work is a collection of existential thoughts, phrases, memories and experiences that create a vocabulary personal and specific to his own history; his Latin American heritage, his time spent away and his experience as an immigrant.
Working from memory, Cantor’s compositions are romantic, idealised and often permeated with a heavy sense of nostalgia resulting in paintings of all things relevant to him: places, patterns, animals, people, still life, text, plants and food where the elements present work as vessels for the artist’s thoughts, emotions and unfolding of his identity.
Thinking for long periods of time before painting is intrinsic to Cantor’s way of working. Images are constructed from their multiple elements, and form in his mind before brush ever touches canvas. Despite this, once he begins painting there is no commitment to staying true to these visions. For Cantor the process of painting is not driven by stylistic or aesthetic choices but instead a preoccupation with expressing awareness, and honesty, things feeling right, and decisions that move the conversation forward. His paintings are a pictorial tribute to the trace left by decisions made and an ode to the desire of creating something beautiful.
2020 Begin Again, GUTS Gallery, Online
2020 When Shit Hits The Fan, GUTS Gallery, Online
2019 Delphian x GUTS, Delphian Gallery, London, UK
2019 Lobster Dinner, Trestle Gallery, New York, USA.
2019 Exceso De Rudeza, UltraStudio, Pescara, ITL.
2019 Opening Exhibition, GUTS Gallery, London UK.
2018 They Said I Was Special, Union Gallery, London UK.
2018 Young Contemporary Talent from the Ingram Collection, The Lightbox Museum, Woking UK.
2018 HERUS, Berlin, DE.
2017 MŌ Gallery, Berlin, DE.
2016 Young Contemporary Talent Prize, Cello Factory, London, UK.
2015 Where is God Now, The Lightbox Museum, Woking, UK.
2015 Rock Paper Scissors, Hoxton Arches, London, UK.
2015 Undergraduate Summer Show 2015. Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK.
2015 24 Hour Project, GX Gallery, London, UK.
2015 Interim Show, Camberwell, College of Arts, London, UK.
2014 Parallel Cities, Copeland Gallery, London, UK.
2013-2015 BA (HONS) Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK
2012 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, CCW Progression Center, University of the Arts London, UK
The Ingram Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Art