Lectures and Talks

Art Connects | Mythmaking as Mode of Resistance: Artist Talk and Studio Tour with Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

Thu Jul 8 4 PM

Vancouver Art Gallery

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Naufragio en El Espino, 2020 (detail), pencil crayon, conte, acrylic ink, watercolour, oil paint, collage on Mylar, Courtesy of the Artist

Thursday, July 8 | 4 PM PST


[My] body of work is an intuitive construction of memory as a form of personal myth-making that casts political expressions, voices, modes of resistance, and most recently speaks to a process of re-construction, growth and healing.” – Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

Join us on Art Connects to discover artist Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo’s rich multi-faceted practice during this online talk and studio visit.

The talented Ramirez Castillo is one of the featured artists in Stories that animate us—an exhibition which focuses on the significance of diverse traditions of storytelling. Imaginatively melding a range of aesthetic, cultural and historical motifs, the artist vividly employs the mediums of drawing, collage and animation to speak to personal and shared experiences of the Salvadoran Civil War.

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Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo was born in El Salvador and immigrated to Canada at age 11. He is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design (2001) and obtained his MFA degree at Concordia University in 2008. He has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally in venues such as The International Print Centre in New York, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, MAI (Montréal Arts interculturels), The Mexic-Arte museum in Austin, Texas and La Halle Saint Pierre in Paris among others.

He is the recipient of The Artist Studio Award Program by the City of Vancouver (2015-2018), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2010) and numerous others from The Canada Arts Council. He was shortlisted for the Pierre-Ayot Prize for emerging artists in 2009 by the City of Montréal. In 2011, Castillo was the winner of the Victor-Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for a mid-career artist in visual arts in Canada. He has participated in international residency programs at The Vermont Studio Centre in Vermont; Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California; Proyecto ‘ACE in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and The Santa Fe Art Institute (Immigration & Emigration residency in 2016 and Truth & Reconciliation residency in 2019), New Mexico. USA.

A former resident of Montréal, he now lives and works in Vancouver, BC.


Presented by:

Jane Irwin and Ross Hill

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