Born in Canada in 1982, Andrew Salgado currently lives and works in London. He received a BFA from University of British Columbia (Vancouver) in 2005 and an MFA from Chelsea College of Arts (London) in 2009. Salgado’s vibrantly saturated paintings depict fantastical settings inhabited by nude figures dramatically posing alongside symbolic objects and shapes. Inspired by a wide range of literary and art historical references, the artist continues to experiment with various media—including oil, pastels, spray paint, and collage—as well as increasingly complex and abstracted compositions. While Salgado’s works are strongly characterized by their playful theatricality, they are also deeply introspective, presenting poetic musings on masculinity, identity, and emotional vulnerability.
Salgado’s recent solo exhibitions include Good Things, PIERMARQ* (Sydney, 2023); The Lotus Eaters, MAKI Gallery (Tokyo, 2022); A Never-Setting Sun, BEERS London (2022); Blue Rainbow, Angell Gallery (Toronto, 2018); and Dirty Linen/The Nihilist’s Alphabet, Christopher Moller Gallery (Cape Town, 2018). In 2017, he became the youngest artist to receive a survey exhibition at The Canadian High Commission in London. Salgado also actively participates in group shows and art fairs around the globe.