(Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 1974)He graduated in Communications Graduate at Universidad de Lima, where he was taught by Verónica Barclay, Jorge Deustua and Jaime Rázuri. At the end of the 90s he took courses with Billy Hare and Antonio Ramos in the defunct emblematic Instituto Antonio Gaudí. In 2000 he travelled to USA, and after three years of receiving individual academic counseling by photographer Stephen Shore, he obtained an MFA in Photography by the School of Visual Arts of New York (SVA). In NY, he twice received the prestigious Aaron Siskind scholarship, and he participated in several exhibitions in spaces such as the Brecht Forum and White Box gallery. In 2001, after the 9/11 attacks, he was part of the ambitious project “Here is New York” (A Democracy of Photographs) digitalization area. His work in “Here is New York” was included in the United States Library of Congress (Washington DC), the New York Historical Society Collection (NY), and in the Brooklyn Arts Council Collection (NY). In 2005, he returned to Peru as a professor at Universidad de Lima. Since then, he has participated in many individual shows both in Lima and in diverse collective exhibitions around the world. In 2010, he had a solo exhibition curated by Jorge Villacorta at Wu Galería and he also participated in Lima Photo. In 2011, his work was part of the V Auction of Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) in the context of “Peruvian Photograph Classics, a selection by Jorge Villacorta.” In 2017, he won the Acquisition Prize in the Fifth National Salon of Photography at Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA). On the same year, he had an individual show, also at ICPNA, and another one at Galería Forum. In 2018, he published “Nocturnos Limeños”, photographic book edited by Fondo Editorial de la Universidad de Lima. In 2019, he participated in ARCO Madrid. Santiago Bustamante is currently represented by two important Lima art galleries: Forum and Espacio Carlos Caamaño. His work is present in important collections: Colección de Arte Contemporáneo del Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Colección Jan Mulder, Colección Jorge Villacorta, Instituto Cultural Peruano - Norteamericano (ICPNA), and Fototeca Latinoamericana (FoLa, Buenos Aires).
2008 University of Lima (Peru) - Graduate with Honors (Suma Cum Laude) for the Photographic Project “The Digitization of the Butterfly”
2000-2003 School of Visual Arts (SVA, NYC). Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography and Related Media. Thesis Advisor: Stephen Shore.
2001 Photographic Trip to Peru (Cusco and Nazca) with Stephen Shore.
2000 University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (College of Visual and Performing Arts, Photography Area). Advanced Photography and Photo History classes.
1995-1999 University of Lima (Peru) – Bachelor in Communication Sciences
1996-1998 Antonio Gaudi Art Institute (Lima, Peru). Advanced Photography Workshops.
1992-1993 Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). – Liberal Arts Diploma
2008-2018 Photography Professor at the University of Lima (Peru)
2005 Photography Professor at American River College (Sacramento, California)
2003-2007 Master Color and ByW Printer (freelance)
2001-2002 Volunteer, Photographer and Manager of the Scanning Department at Here is New York- A Democracy of Photographs (Soho, NYC)
2019 Casa de América (Madrid, Spain). “Layers of a Landscape, Peruvian contemporary Photography in the Jan Mulder Collection”. As a part of the ArcoMadrid Festival.
2017 Forum Gallery (Lima, Peru). “Urban Reflections” Two Person Show with Piero Quijano, Peruvian painter.
2017 Peruvian-American Cultural Institute (ICPNA). “Lima: Between Light and Darkness”. Solo Show.
2016 French Alliance at Dubai (United Arab Emirates). “International Photo Dubai 2016. Peruvian Photographers”. Organized by the Museum of the Americas.
2016 Museum of the Nation (Lima, Peru). “ComparArt”, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art.
2015 University of Lima. “Cusco Car Workshops” Solo Show.
2015 Juan Parra del Riego Cultural Center (Lima, Peru): “Reloaded”
2014 Ricardo Palma Cultural Center (Lima, Peru). “Selected Nocturnes (Lima 2001-2013)” Solo Show.
2013 Luis Miró-Quezada Garland Gallery (Municipality of Miraflores, Lima, Peru). “Project Rooms: Three Photographers”.
2011 Centro de la Imagen. “Lima Photo 2011”. International Photography Festival (Lima, Peru).
2011 Wu Gallery (Lima, Peru). “Cusco al Aerosol”. Solo Show.
2011 Lima Museum of Art (MALI). Auction: “Classics of Peruvian Photography”
2010 University of Lima. “Urban Nocturnes”. Solo Show.
2010 Centro de la Imagen. “Lima Photo 2010”. International Photography Festival. (Lima, Peru).
2007 Gallery of the Cervantes Institute (Berlin, Germany): “IN-FUSION”. Exhibition of Peruvian Contemporary Artists.
2007 Gallery of Iskay Cultural Center (Lima, Peru): “The Digitization of the Butterfly”. Solo Show.
2006 Brooklyn Arts Council (Brooklyn, NYC): ¨Here was New York¨.
2004 Inferno Gallery (Oakland, California): “Bush Out”.
2004 James Kaneko Gallery at American River College (Sacramento, California). Art exhibit by the professors of the Fine Arts program.
2004 A Brooklyn Rooftop: Get the Word Out (Brooklyn, New York) Political Art Exhibition.
2004 Zone Zero: “New York City: The Year After” http://v1.zonezero.com/exposiciones/fotografos/bustamante/index.html
2002 The Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (NYU): “Responses and Resistance”.
2002 The Brecht Forum (NYC) - “NY Indymedia Photo Collective”
2002 Museum of Modern Art (MoMA Nueva York): “Life of the City”. Images from the Here is New York archives.
2002 White Box (NYC): “The Blame Show”.
2001 Photo West Gallery (Philadelphia, PA): “The Receptive Eye”
2000 New Bedford Art Museum (New Bedford, Massachusetts). – “Black, White, and Shadows of Color”
2002 Recipient of the MFA Photography Program (School of Visual Arts, NYC) Scholarship.
2002 Recipient of the Aaron Siskind Grant (Awarded by the Aaron Siskind Foundation, NYC)
2006 Finalist of the Peruvian Nacional Prize of Photography 2005.
2014 Included as one of the most important Peruvian Photographers in the “Contemporary Peruvian Photography Digital Platform” (Lima Municipality’s Cultural Management).
2017 Winner of the Acquisition Prize in the Fifth National Salon of Photography at the Peruvian-American Cultural Center (ICPNA). Lima, Peru.
2019 Invited as a participant in The Book Fair organized for the 30 years Anniversary of th MFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.