Oscar Murillo

Born in La Paila, 1986 and lives in London and La Paila, Colombia

Oscar Murillo
Photo: Tim Bowditch
© Oscar Murillo, courtesy the artist
Oscar Murillo Photo: Tim Bowditch © Oscar Murillo, courtesy the artist

Oscar Murillo has created a visual language encompassing recurring elements and motifs; draped black canvases; large-scale paintings composed of stitched-together fragments; metal structures evoking autopsy tables and rock-like sculptures formed of corn and clay. These and other components play out across a wide range of media, including painting, video work, room-sized installations and actions.

All of the artist’s distinct works can be seen to constitute a sustained and evolving investigation of notions of community, informed by cross-cultural personal ties, as well as the constant transnational movement that has become integral to Murillo’s practice.

In 2013, Murillo initiated the global, collaborative project Frequencies. The project has invited thousands of students aged 10-16 to participate by freely drawing, marking and writing on raw canvas placed on their school desks over several months, and to date has visited over 450 schools in 34 different countries.

Oscar Murillo was born in 1986 in La Paila, Colombia, and lives and works in various locations. He earned a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts at the University of Westminster in 2007 and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2012. In 2019, Murillo was one of four artists to collectively be awarded the prestigious Turner Prize. 

Murillo’s recent solo exhibitions include Currents 121: Oscar Murillo, Saint Louis Art Museum, US (2022); Social Cataracts at KM21, The Hague, Netherlands; Spirits and Gestures, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, Italy; Condiciones aún por titular, Museum of Art of the National University of Colombia, Bogotá (all 2021-22); Frequencies, organised by Artangel at Cardinal Pole Catholic School, London; and MAM Project 029: Oscar Murillo, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (all 2021). Past solo exhibitions include Aspen Art Museum, US; Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany (both 2019-20); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK; K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, China (both 2019); Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2017-18); Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan (2016-7); Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá;  Centro Cultural Daoíz y Velarde, Madrid, Spain; Performa 15, New York, US and Artpace, San Antonio, US (all 2015); The Mistake Room, Los Angeles< US (2014) and South London Gallery, UK (2013).

Murillo is represented by Carlos/Ishikawa, David Zwirner, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Kurimanzutto and Taka Ishii Gallery.

Oscar Murillo: A Storm is Blowing From Paradise
Oscar Murillo presents a large-scale exhibition in the beautiful and historic setting of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Venice.
17 Sep 2022 - 27 Nov 2022
Oscar Murillo: Spirits and Gestures
Fondazione Memmo in Rome presents the solo exhibition of the artist Oscar Murillo: "Spirits and Gestures"
10 Nov 2021 - 20 Mar 2022
Fondazione Memmo
Mixing It Up: Painting Today
An exhibition celebrating the diversity of painting in the UK
09 Sep 2021 - 12 Dec 2021
Hayward Gallery
Oscar Murillo: News
An exhibition of new paintings by Oscar Murillo, on view at the gallery’s Paris location
21 Oct 2020 - 19 Dec 2020
David Zwirner gallery
Art Spaces
Galleries in Mexico City
David Zwirner – London
Galleries in London
Galleries in London
David Zwirner – Hong Kong
Galleries in Hong Kong
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