Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, The House at Kawinal, New Museum, New York, 2018
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Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a post-graduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie in 2013. In a body of work that ranges from performance and video to sculpture, installation, and printmaking, Ramírez-Figueroa explores historical narrative (especially the effects of the Guatemalan Civil War) through the circumstances of the body. His proposition – that intimacy both marks and subverts our collective myth-making – reveals itself through investigations of dreams, architecture, abstraction, theater, and notions of the spiritual.

Ramírez-Figueroa is a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Franklin Furnace award, an Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship, the ARCO Comunidad de Madrid for young artists, the DAAD Berliner Künstler programme and the 2017 Mies Van der Rohe Award. He has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including the Viva Arte Viva, 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017); 32nd Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2016); Home Works IV, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, (2015); 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwanju (2014); Illy Present Future, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin (2013); 3rd Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen (2007). In 2015, the CORPUS network commissioned a new body of performance work which currently includes Tate Modern, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution, and KW Berlin.



Postgraduate research, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Master of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. Trustee Merit Scholarship
Bachelor of Media Arts, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada

Solo Exhibitions
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, M Leuven Museum, Leuven, Belgium
Deus Ex Machina, Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
He was, First of All, Water, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
The House at Kawinal, New Museum, New York, USA
Illusion of Matter, Proyectos Ultravioleta at LISTE, Basel, Switzerland
Linnaeus in Tenebris, CAPC Bordeaux, France
Two Flamingos copulating on a tin roof, Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany
Print of sleep II, Secret Surface exhibition, KW Kunst-Werke institute, Berlin, Germany
Print of sleep, IICD, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mimesis of Mimesis, Royal Tropical Institute, IICD, Amsterdam, Netherlands
God’s Reptilian Finger, Gasworks gallery, London, United Kingdom
Incremental Architecture, Frieze Art Fair, London, United Kingdom
Con la lengua negra de tanto lamer la noche (With black tongue of lickingthe night so much), Proyectos Ultravioleta, Bogota, Colombia
Props for Eréndira, Version II, ARCO Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
Illusion of Matter, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Ensayo Material 24.09.15 (Material rehearsal 24.09.15), Des-Pacio gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
Props for Eréndira, 10th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, Korea
No sé cómo decir no sé (I don't know how to say I don ́t know), Sultana, Paris, France
Feather Piece, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
Blue Necromancy, Artissima Art Fair, Turin, Italy
Cuerpo geométrico (Geometric body), Despacio gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
Bitch on a bent palm tree, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Leer y beber el Arco Iris (To read and drink the Rainbow), Casa de América Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain
Action T4 (the asylum is burning), Gachet Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
La Reina ha muerto, el alce la mató (The Queen has died, the moose killed her), Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Breve historia de la arquitectura en Guatemala (Brief history ofarchitecture in Guatemala), CCE Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala City, Guatemala
From Sea to Sea, Visualeyez Festival, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
Para tí el banano madura al peso de tu dulce amor (For you, banana ripesto weight of your sweet love), Des-Pacio Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
To See The Enormous Night Arise, Pleasure Dome Festival, Toronto, Canada
Children’s Tears Laid Out To Dry, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Muxux: My Navel, My Grandfather: Chicago, South Side Community ArtCenter, Chicago, USA
Written Sorrows, Neutral Ground Artist-Run Gallery, Regina, Canada
The Sun is Crooked in the Sky; My Father is Thrown Over my Shoulders, FADO Performance Art Center, Toronto, Canada
Colour is Emptiness, performance with Franz West’s Passstüch, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
La abortada (The abortion), Blim Space, Vancouver, Canada
Great White Fleet, Gachet Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
At the Base of Her Spine, Open Space, Victoria, Canada
Possession, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica
Sodomizing Diego Rivera, Live Performance, Vancouver Art Biennial, Vancouver, Canada
White Intra-Venus, Church of Pointless Hysteria, Vancouver, Canada
Flesh Garden, Gachet Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Chicken Transgressions, Gachet Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Two or Three Person Exhibitions

Latin American Circle Presents, Breve Historia de la Arquitectura en Guatemala, Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, USA
II Coloquio Latinoamericano de Arte No Objetual y Arte Rural, MAMM, Medellín, Colombia
Babylonian Fantasies, Liste Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Zipacna, Creator of Mountains, Sultana Gallery, Paris, France
Present Future Prize Exhibition, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
The Weight of Lives I’m Not Living, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa & Beatriz Santiago, invited by Despacio Gallery of Costa Rica
The Other Art Biennial of Bogota, Bogota, Colombia

Group Exhibitions
58th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, USA (forthcoming)
Abundant Futures: Works from the TBA21 Collection, Córdoba, Spain

First Sunrises on Earth, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Perdidos. En Medio. Juntos, 22a Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Viva Arte Viva, 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
The Conundrum of Imagination, part of Wiener Festwochen, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria
Incremental Architecture lm, Proyectos Ultravioleta at Greengrassi, CONDO Art Fair, London, United Kingdom
Incerteza Viva, 32 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
A Decolonial Atlas: Videos from the Americas 2010-2015, SomethingElse (Off Biennial), Cairo, Egypt
Rendez-Vous, 13th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France
Intersections (after Lautréamont), CIFO Cisneros Fontana ls ArtFoundation, Miami, USA
Vangard-ISTMO, IDB Staff Association Art Gallery, Washington DC, USA
Instituto de Visión, Frieze Art Fair, New York, USA
Tocar madera, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
The School of Nature and Principle, EFA Project Space, New York, USA
Ce Que Raconte La Solitude, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, France
Beyond the Mexique Bay, NADA New Art Dealers Alliance, Miami, USA
Proyectos Ultravioleta, Liste Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Queering Citizenship, Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
History of Interventions, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Ras Le Bol (Fed up), SKOL Contemporary Art Center, Montreal, Canada
The Politics and Pleasures of Food, ACC Autonomes Culture Centrum Gallery, Weimar, Germany
IXX Art Paiz Biennial: Trans-Visible, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Obscenity of the Jungle, SWAB Contemporary Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain
The Politics and Pleasures of Food, Halle 14 Gallery, Leipzig, Germany
Les mangeurs (eaters), 4th Orange Art Event, Expression Exhibition Center & La Ressourcerie, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada
By hook or by crook, The Hangar Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Video Arte, Los del Patio Cultural Center, Panama City, Panama
Force Would Vanish From the Relations of Men, Visual Arts Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece
Mayami Son Machín, Diet Gallery, Miami, USA
De Guatemala a Guatepeor (From Guatemala to Guateworst), SaunaProjects, Bogota, Colombia
AA Bronson’s School for Young Shamans, John Connelly Presents gallery, New York, USA
Home Works IV: A Forum on Cultural Practices, Masrah Al MadinaTheater, Beirut, Lebanon
Grotesques, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Forks, Tables & Napkins, Festival of Maps, Gallery 2, School of the ArtInstitute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Sex Work: The Museum as Brothel; Art House as Porn House, 53rdInternational Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
Slits II, Western Front Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Award Mies Van Der Rohe Award, Germany
DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Germany
ARCO Award Comunidad de Madrid for Young Artists Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, USA
Jan Van Eyck Academie Fellowship, Maastricht, The Netherlands
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, New York, USA
Akademie Schloss Solitude, selected by Dan Graham, Germany
British Columbia Arts Council, Canada
Performance Art Fund, the Franklin Furnace & the City of New York, USA
VADA Award, The Contemporary Art Gallery, City of Vancouver, Canada 

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa He Was, First of All, Water
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Natura Naturans
Curated by Milovan Farronato
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