Biography

OSCAR MUNOZ  (b. 1951, Colombia)

“How can one construe a notion of time in this immemorial setting? How can one assimilate and articulate in one’s memory all these events that have been happening for so many years now?”

Born in Popayán, Colombia, Oscar Muñoz studied art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Cali in the 1970s. As an art student, he began making drawings based on photographic images and, although his studies did not specifically include photography or audiovisual media, these media and their relationships to reality and meaning-making have subsequently become central to his artistic practice.

Muñoz is also known for his use of ephemeral materials, in poetic reflections upon memory and mortality. For example, Aliento (1995-2002) consists of a series of seemingly blank mirrors. However, when the viewer comes close to them and breathes on them, subtle obituary portraits emerge momentarily on the surface. Muñoz’s video Re/trato (2004) shows the artist painting a self-portrait with water. As the water makes contact with the hot pavement Muñoz is painting on, the portrait vanishes. Muñoz often bridges the media of film, video, photography, installation, and sculpture.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Colombia was wracked with a war between feuding drug cartels and the Colombian government. Muñoz’s installation, Ambulatorio consists of a large aerial photograph of that city printed on a sheet of shattered security glass. Viewers walk on top of the glass floor, looking down upon the city. The work was inspired by a bombing; walking through Cali after the bomb exploded, Muñoz was fascinated by the prevalence of fragments of glass, incrusted into the pavement. The work has subsequently been re-made in Belfast and in Monterrey. “My work today,” Muñoz writes, “is based on my endeavor to understand the mechanism developed by a society which has ultimately suffered the routinization of war… A past, a present and in all likelihood a future full of violent events on a daily basis, which are stubbornly repeated, in a practically identical fashion.”

In 2006, Muñoz founded lugar a dudas, a cultural center and residency program for artists. Located in Cali, lugar a dudas (space for doubts) has become a center for young artists to work through ideas and participate in a dialogue and public debate about art and politics.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017

Oscar Muñoz: A Traves Del Cristral, Mor Charpentier, Paris, France

 

Oscar Muñoz, Antología - Museo Rayo - Museo de dibujo y grabado latinoamericano, Roldanillo

2016

Oscar Muñoz: El Coleccionista (The Collector), Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2015

Oscar Muñoz: Sedimentaciones, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Institute for Research in Art, College of the Arts, Tampa, FL, USA

 

Oscar Muñoz: Atramentos, Tabacalera, Promoción del Arte, ARCO Madrid 2015, Madrid, Spain

2014

Oscar Muñoz: Biografías, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM, USA; Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brazil

 

Oscar Muñoz: Protographies, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

 

Oscar Muñoz: Protografías, Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, Mexico

 

Oscar Muñoz: Sedimentaciones, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL, USA

 

Portrait (self) portrait, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013   

Oscar Muñoz: Protografías, Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia; Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Lima, Peru

 

Oscar Muñoz: Eclipse, Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Oscar Muñoz: Re/trato, High Line Art, New York, NY, USA

2012

Oscar Muñoz, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

 

Oscar Muñoz: Protografías, Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Oscar Muñoz: Imprints for a Fleeting Memorial, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA, USA

 

Oscar Muñoz: Ambulatorio Belfast, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, UK

2011

Oscar Muñoz: Protografías, Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia; Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz: Imprints for a Fleeting Memorial, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NC, USA

 

Oscar Muñoz: Biografías (Biographies), The Mandes & Arts Festival, Johan Deumens Gallery, Haarlem, The Netherlands; Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

 

Oscar Muñoz: Impresiones débiles, La Fábrica, Madrid, Spain

2010

Oscar Muñoz: Videoworks 2005-2008, Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway

 

Oscar Muñoz: Volverse aire, PhotoEspaña 2010 / PHE10, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Sala Goya, Madrid, Spain

 

Oscar Muñoz: Anarchive, mor.charpentier, Paris, France

2009

Oscar Muñoz: Mirror Image, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia

 

The Disappeared, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, USA

 

Crónicas de la ausencia, Oscar Muñoz y Rosângelo Rennó, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Oscar Muñoz: Biografías, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 

 

Oscar Muñoz, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden

 

Oscar Muñoz: Imprints For a Fleeting Memorial, La Galerie de I’UQAM, Montreal, Canada

 

Oscar Muñoz, OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria

2008

Oscar Muñoz: Mirror Image, Institute of International Visual Arts, Rivington Place, London, UK

 

Oscar Muñoz: Imprints for a Fleeting Memorial, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

 

Documentos de la Amnesia, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, Spain

 

Inmemorial, Korea Foundation, Seoul, South Korea

2006

Oscar Muñoz, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland

 

Oscar Muñoz: Biografías, Claustro del Convento de Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz, Disolvencias y Fantasmagorías, Museo Municipal de Guayaquil, Ecuador

2005

Proyecto Para un Memorial, Galería Santa Fe, Planetario Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia; Iturralde Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA; LOOP Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2004

Ambulatorio & Re/trato, FotoFest 2004, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

 

Oscar Muñoz, Tres video proyecciones, Galería Alcuadrado, Madrid, Spain

 

El Puente, Dos video-proyecciones, Galería Alcuadrado, Madrid, Spain

 

Cámara de Comercio de Cali, Puente Ortiz, Cali, Colombia

 

The Ends of Process, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2003 

Eclipse, Sala Comfandi, Cali, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz, TEOR/éTICA, San José, Costa Rica

 

Oscar Muñoz. Re/trato, Alianza Colombo Francesa, Bogotá Colombia

2002 

Oscar Muñoz, The Ends of Process, Sicardi Gallery Houston, TX, USA

 

Trans-figuraciones, Iturralde Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

 

Eclipse, Galeria Santa Fé, Planetario Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz, Narcisos, Aliento, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura (Centro MEC), Montevideo, Uruguay

1999  

Oscar Muñoz, Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

1997 

Oscar Muñoz, Galería Metropolitana de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

 

Oscar Muñoz, Museo de Arte de Pereira, Pereira, Colombia

1995

Narcisos, Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia

 

Narcisos, Galería Garcés Velásquez, Bogotá, Colombia; Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz, Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia

1994

Narcisos, Ledisflam Gallery, New York, NY, USA

1993

Oscar Muñoz: Estudios y Proyectos, Galería de Bellas Artes, Cali, Colombia

1991 

Superficies al Carbón, Galería Garcés Velásquez, Bogotá, Colombia

1990 

Superficies al Carbón, Sala Suramericana de Seguros, Medellín, Colombia; Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia. Cali, Colombia

 

Superficies al Carbón, Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia

1987

Oscar Muñoz, Fundación Banco del Estado, Popayán, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz: 15 Años, Cámara de Comercio, Cali, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz, Segundo Festival de Arte 1987, Cali, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz, Galería Época, Santiago, Chile

 

Oscar Muñoz, Centro de la Municipalidad de Miraflores, Lima, Peru

1986

Oscar Muñoz, Galería Quintero, Barranquilla, Colombia

 

Arco’86, Galería Quintero, Madrid, Spain

 

Oscar Muñoz, Galería Arte Autopista, Medellín, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz, Galería Garcés Velásquez. Bogotá, Colombia

1985

Oscar Muñoz, Museo de Arte Moderno la Tertulia, Cali, Colombia

1983

Oscar Muñoz, Cámara de Comercio, Cali, Colombia

1982

Oscar Muñoz, Centro de Arte Actual, Pereira, Colombia

1981

Carbones, Galería Garcés Velásquez, Bogotá, Colombia

 

Oscar Muñoz, Galería 7, Lima, Peru

1978

Oscar Muñoz, Alliance Franco-Colombienne, Cali, Colombia

1971

Dibujos Morbosos, Ciudad Solar, Cali, Colombia

Selected Public Collections

Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, USA

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., USA

Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA 

Centro Cultural Cajastur, Caja de Asturias Gijón, Spain

Colección Arco, Madrid, Spain

Colección Cisneros, Caracas, Venezuela

Colección Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela

Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain du Centre, Amiens, France

Fundación “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain

Fundación El Monte, Caja de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA  

Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, USA

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain

Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno de Pereira, Pereira, Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia

Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Extremadura, Spain

Museo Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, CA, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA 

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA

Orange County Museum, Orange County, CA, USA

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), San Francisco, CA, USA

Tate Modern, London, UK

Teor/etica, San José, Costa Rica