Biography

Oscar Murillo is an artist whose 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. Murillo’s works have been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (2015), Centro Cultural Daoíz y Velarde, Madrid (part of ArcoColombia 2015), Artpace, San Antonio (2015), Oscar Murillo: An average work rate with a failed goal, 40mcube, organised as part of the 4th Les Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’art contemporain, Rennes (2014), The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, (2014), South London Gallery, London (2013), the Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013), Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2012) and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2012). Group exhibitions in 2014 include The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, MoMA, 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. Murillo took part in Performa 15, New York (2015). His work was included in the 6th Marrakech Biennial and will be on view in the 20th Biennale of Sydney. Murillo earned a BFA in 2007 from the University of Westminster, London, followed by an MFA in 2012 from the Royal College of Art, London. For Murillo’s ongoing long-term project Frequencies, created in collaboration with members of his family and political scientist Clara Dublanc, canvases are temporarily a xed 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.