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Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
updated: 04/06/2011
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Mythological Prelude for Soyapango
Mythological Prelude for Soyapango
Carnivalissimo (derail)
Alarm call
Raising La mama grande
Primavera
Spring Cannibalism
Spring Cannibalism
origin of a species (detail)
La raza express
Bestiaries
Gavilan'
Ferias I or Fairgrounds (detail)
La Raza crossing The Sea of Cortez
Out in the countryside
 
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Mythological Prelude for Soyapango by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Mythological Prelude for Soyapango
mixed media drawing
2010
60 " x  109 "  x 004 " 
Mythological Prelude for Soyapango by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Mythological Prelude for Soyapango
mixed media drawing
2010
60 " x  109 "  x 004 " 
Carnivalissimo (derail) by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Carnivalissimo (derail)
mixed media drawing
2010
42" x  63"  x 004" 
Alarm call by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Alarm call
mixed media drawing
2010
34.5" x  17.75"  x 004" 
Raising La mama grande by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Raising La mama grande
mixed media drawing
2009
32" x  17"  x 004" 
Primavera by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Primavera
mixed media drawing
2010
26" x  34.75"  x 004" 
Spring Cannibalism by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Spring Cannibalism
mixed media drawing
2010
60" x  63"  x 004" 
Spring Cannibalism by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Spring Cannibalism
mixed media drawing
2010
60" x  63"  x 004" 
origin of a species (detail) by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
origin of a species (detail)
mixed media drawing
2008
42inches" x  89inches"  x 004" 
La raza express by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
La raza express
mixed media drawing
2009
31.5" x  42"  x 004" 
Bestiaries by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Bestiaries
mixed media drawing
2009
5.5" x  7.5"  x 004" 
Gavilan' by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Gavilan'
mixed media drawing
2007
42" x  92" 
Ferias I or Fairgrounds (detail) by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Ferias I or Fairgrounds (detail)
mixed media drawing
2007
42" x  122" 
La Raza crossing The Sea of Cortez by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
La Raza crossing The Sea of Cortez
mixed media drawing
2007
26" x  38"  x 004" 
Out in the countryside by Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Out in the countryside
mixed media drawing
2011
60" x  92"  x 004" 

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

 Stemming from the use of drawing as a personal act of revision, my work depicts an allegorical narrative of historical, cultural and personal  experience. Using the body as a symbol and site for trauma I am engaged with the memories of loss and violence that marked El Salvador during the civil war in the 1980's, -a time which my family and I lived through and, as a result of which, emigrated to Canada. I feel historically linked to these experiences and define my work as a critical dialogue that is in a constant process of revision.  Currently my work is comprised of mixed media drawing techniques, offset printing and lithography processes with emphasis on convergence.  I am engaged with the possibilities of narrative manifested through El Salvador’s cultural legacy of storytelling in form of Pre-Columbian Mythology and North American iconography derived from pop culture. The resulting allegorical mixed media drawings explore issues of collective memory, cultural identity and historical trauma.

 

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

2007 MFA, Concordia University.

2001 Ontario College of Art and Design. 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011

Southern Alberta Art Gallery. "mad soldiers" Lethbridge, Canada. 

2010

Gallery 101. "Bestiaries",  Ottawa, Canada. 

2009

Gallery Push. "Bestiaries", Montreal, Canada.

2008

Centre Clark. "Legends, Myths and Icons, Montreal, Canada. 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBiTIONS 

2012 MAI (tba) Marigold Santos & Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo. Montreal, Canada.

2010 Artlexis.  "dead cat bounce"  New York, U.S.A

2010  Kentler International Drawing Space. "War and Peace"  New York. U.S.A. (confirmed)

2010 Kuma Galerie. Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo & markus Merkle. Berlin, Germany.

2009

IDB cultural Center. "Being here" Canada. Washington D.C. U.S.A. 

Galeria Animal. "Pilgrimage of wanderers" Santiago de Chile, Chile 

2008

A Space Gallery.  "Pilgrimage of wanderers"  Toronto, Canada. 

International Print Center New York, "New Prints 2008", winter exhibition, New York. U.S.A. (juried)

2007

Beyond/In Western New York 2007 Biennial. Buffalo Art Studio, Buffalo, U.S.A. (juried)

2006

The 5th Egyptian International Print Triennale. Travelling exhibitions in Cairo and Alexandria. Egypt. (juried)

La Maison de la Culture Villeray-Parc Extension. “Voir grand” 3e Biennale d’estampes grand format. Montreal, Canada. (juried)

2005

Centro Cultural de España. “Adapes” group exhibition. San Salvador, El Salvador.

2004

The 5th Annual Drawing Exhibition. John B. Aird Gallery. Toronto, Canada. (juried)

GRANTS

2010

Krasner-Pollock Foundation grant.  U.S.A.

Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant. Canada. 

2009

Le conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, Project Grant. Canada.

2008

Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant. Canada.

Ontario Arts Council Grant. Canada.

2007

Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant. U.S.A

2006

CIAM (centre Interuniversitaire des arts mediatiques) Travel grant to El Salvador. Canada.

2005

Ontario Arts Council Grant. Canada.

Toronto Arts Council Grant. Canada.

2004

J.A. deSeve Entrance scholarship, Concordia University.  Canada.

 

 








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