Oscar Murillo's large-scale paintings imply action, performance, and chaos, but are in fact methodically composed of rough-hewn, stitched canvases that often incorporate fragments of text as well as studio debris such as dirt and dust. His paintings, video works, and actions are tied to a notion of community stemming from the artist's cross-cultural ties to diverse cities and places in which he travels and works, and Colombia, where he was born in 1986.
Oscar Murillo is a contemporary Colombian painter and installation artist. Working in a wide-ranging practice that incorporates a variety of different media and techniques, Murillo investigates the cross-cultural ties in a globalized economy. He is noted for his use of text, recycled materials, and fragments collected from his studio. As a painter, he uses a scribbling method of applying looping lines and the occasional word such as milk, pollo, yucca, to the canvas, which is then slowly covered in debris by being left out in the open of his studio, a process the artist has likened to aging cheese. Born in La Paila, Colombia in 1986, he moved to London, England when he was just 10 years old. In 2012, he graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, and joined the stable of David Zwirner gallery’s artists a year later. For his first major solo exhibition in New York in 2014, he transformed the David Zwirner gallery space into a fully functional chocolate factory, mimicking the factories in his native Colombia where generations of families had worked together. Murillo has had several solo exhibitions in cities across the globe, including London, Bogotá, and Baku. His long-term project, titled Frequencies, is a global initiative attempting to cover school desktops into canvases to encourage children to paint on them, effectively creating one large, internationally scattered work. Murillo lives and works in London, England.