Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a post-graduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie in 2013. The Guatemalan civil war (1960-96) is a recurring subject in his work, which although often softened by an absurd and humorous approach, fails to conceal the force of history that precedes it.

Ramírez-Figueroa has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including Rendez-Vous at the 13th Lyon Biennale; the 53rd Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen; Home Works IV (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon), Illy Present Future 2013 (Castello di Rivoli, Italy), A History of Interventions (Tate Modern, UK), Beber y Leer El Arcoiris (Casa América, Madrid) and in 2014 created a new installation of sculptures for the 10th Gwangju Biennale. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Franklin Furnace award, and an Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship, and this year won the ARCP Comunididad de Madrid for young artists at ARCO 2015.

Future projects include a residency at DAAD (Berlin, Germany), a solo exhibition at Gasworks (London, UK), and commissions for new performances from the Tate Modern and If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to be a Part of Your Revolution (Amsterdam, NL). Ramirez-Figueroa lives and works in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
Guatemala City, 1978

Past Exhibitions

The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit

06/02/2018 — 01/04/2018

Las aves / The Birds

Private: Nixon
02/02/2016 — 31/03/2016

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: God’s Reptilian Finger

26/11/2015 — 06/02/2016

Solo Shows

DAAD Berlin

God’s Reptilian Finger, Gasworks, London

No Se Como Decir No Se»Sultana, Paris

Jan Van Eyck Academie


ACC Weimar Illy Future Prize award John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

Akademie Schloss Solitude selected by Dan Graham

Group Shows

The 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (upcoming)
Verbo Festival 2016, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil (upcoming)
In/Tangible, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany
Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Biennial of Visual Arts of the Central American Isthmus (BAVIC) “Perspectives”, carte blanche à María Ínes Rodríguez”, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse “Print of Sleep II”, Curated by Catherine Wood, for the exhibition Secret Surface, KW, Berlin
“Las aves / The Birds”, Nixon, Mexico City, Mexico

«Something Else», OFF Biennal Cairo, Egypt
“Rendez-Vous“, Jeune Création Internationale, Lyon Biennal, IAC VIlleurbanne

“Zipacna, The Creator of Mountains“ with Federico Herrero, Sultana, Paris
10th Gwangju Biennale, cur. by Jessica Morgan and co-cur. by Emiliano Valdes and Fatos Ustek, Gwangju, Korea
“A Chronicle of Interventions”, curated by Shoair Mavlin and Inti Guerrero, Tate Modern, London
“Ras Le Bol” group exhibition, curated by Éve Dorais, Montreal XIX Paiz Bienal, curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Group Exhibition, cur by Elena Lydia Scipioni, Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Guatemala City Country of birth: Guatemala Date of birth: 1978 Lives in: Berlin, Germany and Guatemala City, Guatemala