My Tyrant, My Protest, My Myth
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
14 Nov 2013 — 21 Dec 2013


“My work reflects a critical narrative of historical, cultural and personal experience. Using drawing as a personal act of revision my work explores the role of storytelling through Pre-Columbian mythology, popular folklore and elements sourced from visual and vernacular culture, all intertwined through a personal lexicon of imagery that is constantly recycled and revised over time.

My tyrant, My protest, My myth is characterized by an inter-disciplinary practice involving a new series of mixed media drawings, printed work and stop-motion animation videos that discuss issues of collective memory, historical trauma and cultural identity rehearsed in narrative form as personal mythologies. As such, the new body of work attempts to cast new interpretations on memory-building as a form of personal resistance, political commentary and healing.” – Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo



Born in El Salvador in 1978, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo attended the Ontario College of Art and Design and obtained his MFA degree from Concordia University in 2007. He has participated in various group exhibitions across Canada and internationally in venues such as The Print Center in New York, Galerie Kuma in Berlin, La Casa de Las Americas National Gallery in Cuba and most recently the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Ramirez Castillo is the recipient of numerous production and travel grants from the Canada Arts Council, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, including subsidies from The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and most recently from the prestigious Pollock- Krasner Foundation in The United States. His work is part of many prestigious Canadian private collections.


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