Santiago Michalek

Santiago Michalek's artistic ability presented itself early in life, following the influence of his grandfather, who introduced him to drawing. Santiago warmly recalls how, as a child, he and his grandfather drew horses while sitting on the veranda of his childhood home. Those intimate moments sparked a lifelong passion in Santiago, who has been advancing his craft as an artist and a painter ever since.

In 2003, Santiago started his own business; restoring vintage models of Volkswagen beetles and buses. He successfully turned his hobby of tinkering and love for VWs into a profitable business with multiple restoration projects. He also began to notice that VW owners shared a certain common quirk: each was completely devoted to Volkswagen vehicles, often passionately so. This fierce devotion resonated with Santiago, whose fondness for VWs compelled him to become a master on the vehicles, with a near encyclopedic knowledge of their makes and models throughout the car company's history. This in turn has led Santiago to capture some of these iconic auto images on canvas. Though Santiago's VW paintings naturally reflect his lovefor the car, he also enjoys painting and drawing a broad range of subjects including vintage planes, trains and tractors.

Born 1978, Buenos Aires, Argentina



The Bridge Academy of Art, Provo Utah


Selected Museum Exhibitions

Springville Museum of Art, UT, Spring Salon, 2010, 2011, 2013

Springville Museum of Art, UT, Spiritual and Religious Art, 2012

Logan Center for the Visual Arts, UT, Fine Art Salon, 2011


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Meyer Gallery, UT- Automation, Dec 2016                                                                                         

Blue Rain Gallery, NM-  May 2016

Meyer Gallery, UT –   Collective, 2017                                                    

Meyer Gallery, UT – Road Trip, Nov 2014

Meyer Gallery, UT- Combustion, 2013


Selected Group Exhibitions

Meyer Gallery, UT 50th Anniversary, June 2015

Meyer Gallery, UT The New Old West, July 2013

Meyer Gallery, UT December 2011

The Bridge Academy, UT May 2011


Selected Press

Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine – “Ways to Travel” June 2016

DAS Auto Magazine, January 2012

Goncourt Brothers, A Critical Catalogue of the 86th Annual Spring Salon, 2010

Southwest Art Magazine, 21 Over 31, November 2010



Daily Herald Art Columnist


Private Collections

Bass Pro Shops

Larry H. Miller Group

Canadian National Railways

McKenna Volkswagen



Calgary Stampede, AB, Canada, Best in Show, 2017

Sausalito Arts Festival, CA Best in Show, 2015

ArtPrize, MI, People’s Choice, Top 25, 2013

Springville Museum of Art, UT, Spring Salon, Award of Merit, 2010, 2011, 2013

Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence Competition, 2nd Place, December 2012

Sausalito Arts Festival, CA, 2nd Place Painting, 2012

Logan Fine Art Salon, UT, Honorable Mention, 2011

Artist’s Magazine, 28th Annual Artist Magazine Competition, December 2011