On July 22 this year, Palanca, an artist from Peru who was a close friend of Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF), passed away.
In 2001, Palanca travelled to Los Angeles where he literally showed up on the front doorstep of TOM House, ToFF’s premises. He then introduced himself and suggested that the Foundation could help him grow in his development as an artist. As it turned out, Palanca came to have a close and fruitful association with ToFF, and he went on to exhibit his work at Tom of Finland Art Fair, L.A. Pride’s Erotic City and TOM’s Bar. In 2007 he was honored with a Special Recognition from ToFF.
The day after Palanca’s passing, ToFF marked the event with the blog post “Palanca has left us”.
In this blog post, we pay further tribute to Palanca by showing his “hideaway”. Last year, ToFF had most of the rooms of TOM House designated with plaques. One of the closets in TOM House was designated as “Palanca’s Hideaway”:
Some of Palanca’s art is currently on display at TOM House. To make an appointment to visit TOM House, please contact ToFF (phone +1 213 250 1685 or email Administration@TomOfFinlandFoundation.org).
Sadly, Pedro Santillana a.k.a. PALANCA,
passed away yesterday, Tuesday 22nd July.
He was having liver problems related to his HIV condition for some years.
Pedro with a blow-up of his work in 2008
FEATURED ARTIST: PALANCA. The Foundation recently connected with a wonderful artist out of Peru, whose artist name is PALANCA… He is presently visiting the states, and we have been working with him to assist in pricing his works and looking for ways to expose these wonderful creations to a broader public. –ToFF’s Dispatch, Summer 2001
PALANCA – crudely sexual and delicious. In 2001 Palanca went to Los Angeles where he met the founder and the curator of Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF). He showed at the Tom of Finland Art Fair, L.A. Pride’s Erotic City and TOM’s Bar. In L.A. he also met filmmaker Chris Maher. In 2007 he was honored with a Special Recognition from ToFF. -TOM’s Blog, April 2014
PALANCA (Peruvian, 1968-2014), Rub Feet, 1997, Graphite on paper
Pedro Javier Santillana Cruzado goes away
leaving the best memories his family and friends can treasure,
both as a person and as an artist.
Palanca is a Peruvian artist known for his homo-fetish art which centers on the bare male foot. At early age, he started creating cartoon characters and some depict homoeroticism. Palanca began making underground erotic drawings in 1982. It wasn’t until 1994, after a short summer holiday in Spain, when he decided to do something to introduce his work to the Gay public. Then his pseudonym was born (Palanca in Spanish means lever, or a closer definition, gear shift.
PHOTO: Andrew Epstein
From 1995 to 2001, Palanca’s style went from primitive to cartoonish (and that’s why his work was easily accepted, even by non-Gay or non-fetish people). In 2001 Palanca went to Los Angeles where he met the founder and the curator of Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF). He showed at the Tom of Finland Art Fair, L.A. Pride’s Erotic City and TOM’s Bar. In L.A. he also met filmmaker Chris Maher.
In 2007 he was honored with a Special Recognition from ToFF. His drawings have been published in the American magazines FootScene, Sneerzine, Honcho and Inches, and in European magazines, as well.
Palanca applies the same skill needed to finely delineate the male foot to the rest of the anatomy with crudely sexual and delicious results. Please add some Palanca’s to your collection or drop him a line to say hello and wish him well.