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About Oscar Murillo

Born: 1986, Colombia

Lives and works in London

Education

2007: BFA, University of Westminster, London
2012: MA, Royal College of Art, London

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Oscar Murillo

Practice: painting, sculpture, video, installation

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 Colombian born, London based recent MA graduate Oscar Murillo works across a wide range of disciplines and techniques including installation, video, performance and sculpture.

Arguably, however, it's his powerful, large-scale paintings that provide the most consistently enthralling aspect of his output, aligning something of the gestural vivacity of Basquiat with the chromatic sensibilities of colour field abstraction.

Murillo's cultural roots are an important aspect of his practice, referenced through the scrawled names of Latin American foodstuffs such as tamales, mango and coconut water.

Labour - and play - are likewise central themes, whether referenced in a video following a lottery ticket seller through a small Colombian town, or inherent in the artist's own production practices whereby studio dirt and detritus are combined with recycled materials in paradoxically unruly, yet highly controlled fashion.

With several high-profile collectors showing early interest in Murillo's work, it's only a matter of time before the wider art market follows suit.

Added November 2012

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