Oscar Murillo‘s large-scale paintings imply action, performance, and chaos, but are in fact methodically composed of rough-hewn, stitched canvases that often incorporate fragments of text as well as studio debris such as dirt and dust. His paintings, video works, and performances are tied to a notion of community stemming from the artist’s cross-cultural ties to London, where he currently lives and works, and Colombia, where he was born in 1986.

Murillo earned his B.F.A. in 2007 from the University of Westminster, London, followed by his M.F.A. in 2012 from the Royal College of Art, London. In 2013, the artist joined David Zwirner. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition with Murillo, titled A Mercantile Novel, was presented at David Zwirner, New York in 2014. binary function marked his first solo presentation at David Zwirner, London, on view October 10 to November 20, 2015.

As part of Performa 15 in New York earlier this year, Murillo presented Lucky dip, a series of performances and installations that took place over the course of one week at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, an important historical site in downtown Manhattan. An upcoming solo exhibition is planned for the spring of 2016 at the Yarat Contemporary Art Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan. Also in 2016, the artist will participate in the 20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed.

Murillo’s works and projects have been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide. Most recently, presentations were held in 2015 at the Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá; Centro Cultural Daoíz y Velarde, Madrid (part of ArcoColombia 2015); and Artpace, San Antonio, Texas. In 2014, Oscar Murillo: An average work rate with a failed goal showcased new paintings, sculptures, and video works at 40mcube in Rennes, France, organized as part of the 4th Les Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’art contemporain. Also in 2014 a body of new work was presented at The Mistake Room in Los Angeles on the occasion of the venue’s inaugural exhibition. In 2013, the South London Gallery hosted the artist’s first major solo show in the United Kingdom. In 2012, he created new paintings on site during a five-week summer residency at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, which were shown later that year marking his first solo exhibition in the United States. Other venues that have exhibited his works and projects include the Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013) and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2012).

In 2014, Murillo participated in numerous international group exhibitions, including The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; 1st International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia; RE: Painted | ‘Painting’ from the collection, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art after Identity Politics, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp.

For Murillo’s ongoing long-term project Frequencies, created in collaboration with members of his family and political scientist Clara Dublanc, canvases are temporarily affixed to classroom desks in selected schools across the globe, encouraging students aged ten to sixteen to create any kind of mark making—drawing, writing, doodling. He recently debuted the Frequencies project with a large-scale installation of canvases as part of the 56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures in 2015. In conjunction, David Zwirner Books will publish a comprehensive book, standing as a directory of the project to date, which includes reproductions of canvases and photographs of schools and students.

The waste land: Oscar Murillo in his east London studio. Photo: Teri Pengilley
Oscar Murillo
La Paila, 1986
Colombia

Current Exhibitions

Turner Prize 2019

Turner Contemporary

28 Sep — 12 Jan
Named after the English painter J. M. W. Turner, Turner Prize is an annual prize awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the past twelve months. Established in 1984, the prize...

Upcoming Exhibitions

Inaugural Exhibition of the Rubell Museum

The Rubell Museum
04/12/2019 — 30/11/2020

Past Exhibitions

Oscar Murillo: Trades Hall and Institute

Carlos/Ishikawa
21/09/2019 — 19/10/2019

Emerald City at chi art space

chi art space – K11 Art Foundation
28/03/2018 — 31/05/2018

Emerald City at K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space

K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space 27/03/2018 — 22/04/2018

The Economy of Living Things

Jeu de Paume
14/02/2017 — 04/02/2018

Condo at Carlos/Ishikawa

Carlos/Ishikawa
14/01/2017 — 21/02/2017

Solo Shows

2016

Oscar Murillo: Land With Lost Olive Trees, ISABELLA BORTOLOZZI, Berlin

2016

meet me! Mr. Superman, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco
Oscar Murillo, Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

2015

binary function, David Zwirner, London
Condiciones aún por titular, Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá
De marcha ¿una rumba?… no, sólo un desfile con ética y estética., Centro Cultural Daoíz y Velarde, Madrid
Lucky dip, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, New York
A prophecy in the history of things, Artpace, San Antonio

2014

An average work rate with a failed goal, 40mcube, Rennes, France
Distribution Center, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles
A Mercantile Novel, David Zwirner, New York
we don’t work sundays, Casa de la Calle Soledad, Cartagena, Colombia
we don’t work sundays, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris

2013

Dinner at the members club? Yes! i’ll have a black americano first pls, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
if I was to draw a line, this journey started approximately 400km north of the equator, South London Gallery, London
Ossie’s Bingo Boutique, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ramón how was trade today? Have a break… Sit! Enjoy the food, but you’re not welcomed at the table, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin

2012

Breed like flies and die as fast, Saturday Seminars, Serpentine Gallery, London
The Cleaners’ Late Summer Party with Comme des Garçons, Park Nights, Serpentine Gallery, London
Seven Postures, Fundação Manuel Antonio da Mota, Porto, Portugal
work, Rubell Family Collection, Miami

2011

animals die from eating too much – bingo!, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
animals die from eating too much – yoga, Hotel, London
Arepas y Tamales, Cole Contemporary, London
Boomerang, Hilary Crisp, London

Group Shows

2016

2nd Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art 2016, Hangzhou, China
6th Marrakech Biennale: Not New Now, Marrakech
20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed, Sydney

2015

25th Anniversary Exhibition, London Gallery West, University of Westminster, London
31st Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts: Over you / you, Ljubljana, Slovenia
56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures, Giardini and Arsenale, Venice
Albert the kid is ghosting, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Full of Peril and Weirdness: Painting as a Universalism, M WOODS, Beijing
Vom Grossen und Ganzen. Die Sammlung Haus N – Teil 1, Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany

2014

4th Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’art contemporain: PLAY TIME / Work as Play, Art as Thought, Fonds régional d’art contemporain Bretagne, Rennes, France
Beware Wet Paint, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
dépendance at Carlos/Ishikawa: The Hawker, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp
The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Justin Matherly, Oscar Murillo, David Ostrowski, Tobias Pils, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
Made by Brazilians, Cidade Matarazzo, São Paulo
Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London
RE: Painted | ‘Painting’ from the collection, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, Belgium
Surface(S)/Prise(S), Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris
This Has Nothing To Do With Politics, The Function Room, London
To Have and to Hold, Rubell Family Collection, Miami
transgression, Philara – Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, Düsseldorf, Germany

2013

1986-2013 / An Artist Collecting Art, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway
Anamericana, American Academy in Rome, Rome
Folk Devil, David Zwirner, New York
GRUNDFRAGE (FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION), Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain Alsace, Altkirch, France
Transforming the Known: Works from the Bert Kreuk Collection, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands
Xstraction, The Hole, New York

2012

Glaze, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
Into the Surface, Brand New Gallery, Milan
Movement in Three Parts, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York
Vers la lune en passant par la plage/To the Moon via the Beach, Amphitheatre Arles, France

2011

[Galeria Regresso], Memorial do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Insurgencies, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London
Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London
Jessica Dickinson, Oscar Murillo, Cammie Staros, and Phil Wagner, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles
Responsive Eye, London Gallery West, University of Westminster, London

2010

Next/Episodes, Kingsgate Gallery, London
Nothing gold can stay, 3YE Project Space, London
Nothing gold can stay part II, Galerie Meinblau, Berlin
Ratios, Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London

Contacts & Details

City of birth: La Paila Country of birth: Colombia Date of birth: 1986 Lives in: London and La Paila, Colombia