Santiago studied painting in Barcelona and was part of a group of young painters influenced by informalism. Tàpies was an influential figure for him. Tachism and working with different materials, accidents, chance, and texture are all highly influential in his works. He likes to experiment and is influenced by the avant-garde. His own work is realistic in nature and combines elements of romanticism and minimalism.
Carbonell feels that being an artist is not inherited and that the environment that one grows up in is more important than one’s genes. His father loved art and took him to museums when he was a young boy. As a child, he learned from his parents a passion for music and literature. He claims that the love that parents had for the arts and imparted to him was much more important than any inherited gene.
His paintings cover a broad spectrum of subjects. He prefers to use dancers as his models because they know how to move and are comfortable with their bodies. He captures this sensuality in his paintings. In his paintings, we recognize ourselves, our frailties, and our dreams. He is paints slowly and his paintings sell well.
He currently lives in Mexico with his wife and children and teaches art in Querétaro, Mexico in the University.
His web site with many fine examples of his art is located at santiagocarbonell.com