"Currents 121: Oscar Murillo", installation view at Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO, Mar 18 – Aug 28, 2022. Photo: Lisa Mitchell

Oscar Murillo was born in 1986 in La Paila, Colombia, and lives and works in various locations. Murillo 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. His itinerant artistic practice encompasses a variety of media: large-scale paintings consisting of fragments made in different times and places; papier-mâché mateo sculptures reminiscent of Colombian effigies; and multinational collaborative projects with schools in which children draw freely on canvases affixed to their desks. Gaining inspiration from his frequent travels worldwide, Murillo’s diverse outputs possess material qualities, while investigating the fluid notion of identity and community under globalization.

Murillo’s recent solo exhibitions include Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2021); Aspen Art Museum (2019); Kunstverein in Hamburg (2019-20); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai (both 2019); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2017-18); Yarat Contemporary Art Centre in Baku (2016-17). He has also participated in numerous international biennials, two-person and group exhibitions, including “Sonsbeek 20-24: Force Times Distance”, Arnhem (2021); “The Space Between Classrooms”, Swiss Institute, New York (2021); “Ruth Ewan & Oscar Murillo”, Yorkshire Sculpture Park; “Collision/Coalition”, The Shed, New York (both 2019), “We don’t need another hero”, the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2018), Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017) and the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Murillo was part of a collective of 4 artists to be awarded the 2019 Turner Prize.

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