Santiago Carbonell was born in 1960 in Quito, Ecuador with Spanish nationality. He emigrated to Mexico in 1986 where he married María Gabriela. He is the father of four Mexican children and currently resides in the city of Queretaro, Mexico.
He began painting at the age of 6 and during his youth lived in Ecuador, Spain, the United States and Italy, to later reach Mexico. His iron discipline, tenacious study and refined self-taught talent, has taken him to travel the world, surprising the viewer with a personal perception of painting.
He is a prominent representative of the hyperrealist current, although – as he declares himself – his aesthetics are not based on reproducing what reality or photography represent, but on inventing from them. Some of the awards he has obtained are: 1982, from the Catalan American Institute of Cooperation and in 1980 the Reina Sofía Scholarship for Fine Arts.