Artists

El Salvador

Osvaldo Ramírez
Manifestations

24.10.11 11.11.11

Osvaldo Ramírez Castillo was born in 1978 in El Salvador, the city where he grew up until he was 11 years old. During the civil war that this country went through in the 1980s, his family decided to emigrate to Canada where he acquired his artistic training.

The foundations of his work were strongly marked by this experience of exile, which led him to seek critical dialogue with the past, trying to represent through the use of different media -such as drawing, engraving and video- that attitude that Walter Benjamin described how to “sift through history”, filter the facts with a critical eye from the present so that this story of loss and violence is not forgotten but does not prevent it from moving into the future.

His work also reflects on the historical-cultural intersections of indigenous and Christian iconography; of pop culture and pre-Columbian culture in Latin America, resulting in its own strong artistic language.

This project has been made possible thanks to the generous help of: Conseil des Artes et des Lettres, Quebec Canada Council for the Arts

ARTIST STATEMENT

Using drawing as a personal act of review, my work represents an allegorical narration of my own historical and cultural experiences. My artistic practice begins with the body as a symbol and a place where the collective and personal trauma originated in the memory of the experiences of loss and violence that marked El Salvador during the civil war in the 1980s. This period that we went through together with my family was the reason why we emigrated to Canada.

I have always felt linked to these experiences and I define my work as a critical dialogue with the past to which I submit to a constant historical review. My artistic approach is linked to the possibilities of the narrative, finding in myth and memory important tools for the exploration of Latin American mythology and folklore. My current artistic practice is particularly based on popular art forms that blend indigenous beliefs and tales with Christian ritual and iconography.

Similar aspects of pop culture-derived North American iconography, such as graffiti and poster art, consistently serve as meaningful frames which provide an aesthetic and political dimension to my work revolving around my visual rhetoric.

Using a personal lexicon of images that I have developed in my activity as an artist over the years results in a combination of drawing techniques that explore the problems of collective memory, cultural identity, and historical trauma

BIO
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
1978 | El Salvador
Lives and works between Montreal and El Salvador

STUDIES
2007 | Master of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
2001 | AOCAD Diploma, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada

EXHIBITIONS
2011 | Soldados Locos, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada
2010 | Bestiarios, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada
2010 | Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo & Markus Merkle, Kuma Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2009 | Bestiaries, Push Gallery, Montréal, Canada
2009 | Carnivalissimo dibujos, Stride Gallery + 15 window project, Calgary, Canada

RESIDENCIES
2011 | Mad Soldiers, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada
2010 | Bestiarios, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Canada
2010 | Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo & Markus Merkle, Kuma Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2009 | Bestiaries, Push Gallery, Montréal, Canada
2009 | Carnivalissimo drawings, Stride Gallery + 15 window project, Calgary, Canada

AWARDS
2011 | Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award. Canadian Council for the Arts, Canada
2010 | Pollock-Krasner Foundation Scholarship, USA
2009 | Prix-Pierre Ayot, City of Montreal, Canada
2005-2008 | Emerging Level Production Scholarship, Ontario Arts Council, Canada
2006 | Vermont Studio Center, Part Fellowship, USA

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Exhibitions

Manifestations
Osvaldo Ramírez

09.11.11

Using drawing as a personal act of review, Osvaldo Ramírez’s work represents an allegorical narration of his own historical and cultural experiences. In Manifestations he worked with the body as a symbol and a place where the collective and personal trauma originated in the memory of the experiences of loss and violence that marked El Salvador during the civil war in the 1980s, at which time the artist Together with his family, he emigrated to Canada. The artist worked on the possibilities of narrative, finding in myth and memory important instruments for the exploration of mythology and folklore
Latin Americans.

Using a personal lexicon of images that I have developed in my activity as an artist over the years results in a combination of drawing techniques that explore the problems of collective memory, cultural identity, and historical trauma.

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D Line (Green)
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Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

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Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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