Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

montreal, Canada

About Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

born in El Salvador, March 16 1978

Immigrated to Canada in 1989 as a result of the 12 year civil war in El Salvador.
Attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto 1998-2001) and received an MFA from Concordia University (2004-2007) He lives and works in Montreal, Canada.

Allegorical drawings explore issues of collective memory, cultural identity and historical trauma. Using the body as a symbol and site for trauma his work is engaged with the possibilities of narrative manifested in personal iconography.

Education

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
G-101. "Bestiaries" Ottawa, Canada.
2009
Push Gallery. "Bestiaries", Montreal, Canada.
2008
Galerie Clark. "Legends, Myths and Icons", Montreal, Canada.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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

kenter International Drawing Space. "war and peace" New York. U.S.A

Kuma Galerie. Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo & Markus Merkle. Berlin, Germany.

Headbones Gallery. "neobeast" Toronto, Canada

2009
IDB Cultural Center. "Being elsewhere" Seven Artists from the Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora in Canada. Washington D.C. U.S.A.

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

Headbones Gallery. "Neopriests", Toronto, Canada.

2008
A Space Gallery. "Pilgrimage of wanderers", Toronto, Canada.

La Maison de la Culture Cote-de-Neiges. "Eyes of the hurricane", Montreal, Canada.

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

FOFA Gallery, Concordia University. "Carnivalissimo drawings", Montreal, Canada (three man show)

2007
Beyond Western New York Biennial, Buffalo Arts Studio. Buffalo, U.S.A.

Limner Gallery. "Strange Figurations", New York, U.S.A.

2006
Headbones Gallery. "Independent curator's picks", Toronto, Canada.

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

2005
The 6th Annual National Drawing Exhibition.
John B. Aird Gallery. Toronto, Canada.

Centro Cultural de Espaa. San Salvador, El Salvador.

2004
Gallery 1313. Latin Canadian Cultural Association, Toronto, Canada.

11th International Print and Drawing Biennial. Taiwan. R.O.C. (juried)

Kabat and Wrobel Gallery. "Relatos", Toronto, Canada. (two man show)

2003
The 4th International Triennial of Graphic Art. Bitola, Macedonia (juried)

2002
Acadia Gallery. "La trinchera collective", Toronto, Canada.

2001
Soho 20 Gallery, "works on paper", New York. U.S.A. (juried)

Casa de las Americas National Gallery. "La Joven Estampa exhibition", La Habana, Cuba. (juried)

ART FAIRS

Toronto International Art Fair (2009, 2008, 2007)

Bridge Art Fair New York (2009)

Art Now Fair Miami (2009)

GRANTS

2009
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec. Production/research grant. Canada.

2008
Canada Arts Council. Project/Research Grant. Canada.

2007
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant. U.S.A.

Ontario Arts Council. Emerging level grant. Canada.

2006
CIAM Travel Grant (centre Universitaire des Arts Mediatiques. Canada.

2005
Ontario Arts Council. Emerging level grant. Canada.

Toronto Arts Council. Emerging level grant. Canada.

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Events

Future Shows: SOLO EXHBITIONS:

2011
Southern Alberta Art Gallery. "mad soldiers" Lethbridge, Canada.
Push Galley. "mad soldiers" Montreal, Canada.
2012
Maclaren Art Center. (tba) Barrie, Canada.