Selected works by Oscar Murillo

Oscar Murillo


Canvas, paper, spray paint, aluminium, oil stick

190 x 176 cm

This is an art of mutation. Materials migrate from one medium to another: a collection of biro drawings gets pulped to become the flooring of a complex installation where disparate objects convene as in an alchemist’s laboratory.
Recycled materials and mediums are gestures of adjustment that Oscar Murillo seems to have acquired from his border experience: born in Colombia and emigrating to London as a child, he had to adopt language, customs and cultural codes, being inescapably transformed by the unending process of migration.

Oscar Murillo
I'd take you there but it doesn't exist anymore


Mixed media installation

approx. 4 x 5 m (dimensions variable)

If our mother tongue and the food that nourished us as children make us whom we are regardless of how far we travel, we can trace the reason behind the prevailing presence of foodstuffs – and written language – in Murillo’s oeuvre as a form of resilience. However, he does not treat the ornate coconut water packaging, the rice sacks and the snack wrappings as ready made in traditional conceptualist practice: he collages them up in an attempt to complicate art’s materiality and cultural coding. Furthermore, the packages are all written in Spanish, vestiges of the numerous imported goods that populate London’s South American markets.

Oscar Murillo


Graphite, dirt on canvas, wood, steel

442 x 499 cm

They also seem to bastardise the Pop Art legacy in his work through material transgressions against the adequateness of the canvas support, which is in turn exposed to the dust and dirt collected from every day life in the studio.

Oscar Murillo


Oil, oil stick, graphite, dirt on canvas

210 x 170 cm

In a similar spirit, his private views become traditional Colombian food gatherings that do away with the sterility of white cube cocktail rituals.
Is this contemporary disregard for the hierarchies of materials and the class-ridden art world a 21st century Povera manifesto in the times of economic uncertainty? Mixing and breaking the hierarchies of race, class, North–South, high and low, oil paint and dirt, Oscar Murillo unwraps a consciously composed wildness based on the stuff that life and art are truly made of.

Text © Gabriela Salgado

Oscar Murillo


Oil, oil stick, graphite, dirt on canvas

220 x 170 cm
Oscar Murillo


Oil, oil stick, graphite, dirt on canvas

170 x 190 cm
Oscar Murillo
Untitled 2012


Posters, steel, concrete casts, drawings, found footballs, brackets

250 x 300 x 200 cm
Oscar Murillo
Dark Americano


Oil and dirt on canvas

304.8 x 429.3 cm

Oscar Murillo's Biography

Oscar Murillo
Born in 1986 in La Paila, Colombia
Lives and works in various locations.


Frequencies, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, England
Manifestation, David Zwirner, London
Violent Amnesia, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, England
chi K11 art museum, Shanghai
Collision/Coalition, The Shed, New York
Turner Prize 2019: Turner Contemporary, Margate, England
Virus, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin

The build-up of content and information, David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Catalyst, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Paradoxon Spirituale, Instituto de Vision, Bogotá, Colombia

Capsule 07: Haus der Kunst, Munich
CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux
Estructuras resonantes. Satellite 10: une proposition de Osei Bonsu, Concorde, Paris

Through patches of corn, wheat and mud, David Zwirner, New York
Land with lost olive trees, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin
Meet me! Mr. Superman, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

Binary function, David Zwirner, London
Condiciones aún por titular, Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de
Colombia, Bogotá
De marcha ¿una rumba?... no, sólo un desfile con ética y estética., Centro Cultural
Daoíz y Velarde, Madrid
Lucky dip, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, New York
A prophecy in the history of things, Artpace, San Antonio

An average work rate with a failed goal, 40mcube, Rennes, France
Distribution Center, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles
A Mercantile Novel, David Zwirner, New York
We don’t work sundays, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris

If I was to draw a line, this journey started approximately 400km north of the equator, South London Gallery, London Art Unlimited | Art Basel
Ramón how was trade today? Have a break… Sit! Enjoy the food, but you’re not welcomed at the table, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
Dinner at the members club? Yes! I’ll have a black Americano first pls, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Ossie’s bingo boutique, MAMA Showroom, Rotterdam

Work, Rubell Family Collection/ Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami
The Cleaner’s Late Summer Party with Comme des Garçons, Park Nights, Serpentine Gallery, London
breed like flies and die as fast, Serpentine Gallery Saturday Seminars with Carlos/Ishikawa, London

animals die from eating too much – bingo!, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
animals die from eating too much – yoga, Hotel, London
Arepas y Tamales, Cole Contemporary, London


Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Highlights for a Future: De Collectie (1), Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.),

2nd Industrial Art Biennial: On the Shoulders of Fallen Giants, Industrial Art Biennial, Croatia
10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art: We don’t need another hero, Berlin
25th Anniversary Exhibition, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon
Actions. The image of the world can be different, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, England
Condo: Mexico City, Condo, LABOR Gallery, Mexico City
Cry of Victory and Short Walks to Freedom, projects+gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri
David Zwirner: 25 Years, David Zwirner, New York
Emerald City, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Geographies of Imagination, Dis-Othering: Beyond Afropolitan and Other Labels, SAVVY
Contemporary, Berlin
IN/SITU, Expo Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago
The Joy of Color, Mnuchin Gallery, New York
Work Marathon, Royal Geographical Society, London

The Absent Museum, Wiels Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels
Archive: Commissions from Performa’s Archive, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Condo: A collaborative exhibition by 36 galleries across 15 London spaces, Carlos/Ishikawa,
Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb), The Show Room, London
Fragile State, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev
Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds), The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit
A Poet*hical Wager, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj, Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates
Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles: An Exhibition About Dominoes, Perez Art Museum Miami
Stitch, Columbia College of Art & Design, Oslo 3
Thread Benefit Exhibition, David Zwirner, New York
Yutaka Sone: Obsidian, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China

2nd Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art 2016, Hangzhou, China
3rd Aichi Triennial. Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan, Japan
5th Anyang Public Art Project (APAP), Anyang, Korea
6th Marrakech Biennale: Not New Now, Marrakech
20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed, Sydney
A Joseph Beuys, Galería Cadaqués, Spain
Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, New York
Room Services, Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New
Towards a Larger World, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
WORD, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York

25th Anniversary Exhibition, London Gallery West, University of Westminster, London
31st Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts: Over you / you, Ljubljana, Slovenia
56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures, Giardini and Arsenale, Venice
Albert the kid is ghosting, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Full of Peril and Weirdness: Painting as a Universalism, M WOODS, Beijing
Vom Grossen und Ganzen. Die Sammlung Haus N - Teil 1, Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung,
Neumünster, Germany

4th Ateliers de Rennes - Biennale d’art contemporain: PLAY TIME / Work as Play, Art as
Thought, Fonds régional d'art contemporain Bretagne, Rennes, France
Beware Wet Paint, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
dépendance at Carlos/Ishikawa: The Hawker, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst
Antwerpen, Antwerp
The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World, The Museum of Modern Art,
New York
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Justin Matherly, Oscar Murillo, David Ostrowski, Tobias Pils, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
Made by Brazilians, Cidade Matarazzo, São Paulo
Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London
RE: Painted | ‘Painting’ from the collection, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.),
Surface(S)/Prise(S), Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris
This Has Nothing To Do With Politics, The Function Room, London
To Have and to Hold, Rubell Family Collection, Miami
transgression, Philara - Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, DüsseldorfPangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London

1986-2013 / An Artist Collecting Art, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway
Anamericana, American Academy in Rome
Folk Devil, David Zwirner, New York
GRUNDFRAGE (FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION), Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain Alsace,
Altkirch, France
Transforming the Known: Works from the Bert Kreuk Collection, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag,
The Hague, The Netherlands
Xstraction, The Hole, New York

Alone Together, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (forthcoming)
Artes, Fundação Manuel Antonio da Mota, Porto
The Moon Via The Beach, LUMA Foundation, Arles, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf, Liam Gillick, Tom Eccles, Philippe Parreno
Movement in Three Parts, Nicole Klagsburn, New York
Into the surface, Brand New Gallery, Milan
Glaze, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris

Jessica Dickinson, Oscar Murillo, Cammie Staros and Phil Wagner, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles
Insurgencies, Angus Hughes Gallery, London
Boomerang, Crisp Gallery, London
Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London
Responsive Eye, London Gallery West (University of Westminster), London

Next/Episodes, Kingsgate Gallery, London
Ratios, Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London
Nothing gold can stay part II, Galerie Meinblau, Berlin
Nothing gold can stay, 3YE Project Space, London

mono-ha, Jonathan Vyner/Fortescue Avenue, London
RAW, Soup Gallery, London

A Gothic Story, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Zero de Conduit, Elevator Gallery, London