Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

  • Guatemala City, Guatemala
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About Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (Guatemala, 1978) lives and works in Guatemala City. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a research fellow at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in 2013. Using performance, sound, drawing and sculpture, Ramírez-Figueroa’s work conjures live and sculptural representations that explore themes of loss, displacement and cultural resistance. The Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996) is a recurring subject in his work, which although often softened by an absurd and humorous approach, fails to conceal the force of history that precedes it.

Ramírez-Figueroa has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including ​Asymmetries, ​The Powerplant Toronto (2020); ​At Small Arms​,Toronto Biennal Of Art (2019; ​The Sixth State​, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2018); ​The Guardian of the Forest​, Proyectos Ultravioleta; Guatemala City (2018); ​The House of Kawinal​, New Museum, New York (2018); ​The Luminous Grid​, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf (2018); ​Shit Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe​, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2017); ​The Green Ray​, daadgalerie, Berlin (2017); ​Linnæus in Tenebris​, CAPC musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux (2017); ​VIVA ARTE VIVA​, 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017); ​Two Flamingos Copulating on a Tin Roof​, Haus Esters, Krefeld Kunstmuseum, Krefeld (2017); ​Incerteza Viva​, 32 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (2016); ​God’s Reptilian Finger​, Gasworks, London (2015); Rendez-Vous​, 13th Lyon Biennale, Lyon (2015); ​Burning Down the House​, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014); ​A Chronicle of Interventions​, Tate Modern, London, (2014); ​Illy Present Futur​e, Castello di Rivoli, Torino (2013); ​Beber y Leer El Arcoiris​, Casa América, Madrid (2012); Home Works IV, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2008); and 53rd Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen, (2007).

He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Mies Van Der Rohe prize, the Franklin Furnace award, the Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship (selected by Dan Graham), and the DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Residence fellowship.