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In a body of work that ranges from performance and video to sculpture, installation, and printmaking, Naufus 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.

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (b. 1978, Guatemala City, Guatemala) lives and works in Guatemala City.

His recent institutional solo exhibitions and performances include: Mimosa tenuiflora, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brasil (2022), Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa,  Cecília Rebelde, Artspace, San Antonio (2021); Asymmetries, The Power Plant, Toronto (2020); The House at Kawinal, New Museum, New York (2018); Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2017); Linnaeus in Tenebris, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (2017); Two Flamingos copulating on a tin roof, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld (2017); The Print of Sleep, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); God’s Reptilian Finger, Gasworks, London (2015); Illusion of Matter, Tate Modern (2015); Feather Piece, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2013).

Additionally, Ramírez-Figueroa’s work was also included in institutional group shows such as: 58th Carnegie International. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2022); Más Allá, el Mar Canta, Times Art Center, Berlin (2021); Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City (2021 & 2014); How to Tread Lighly, TBA21, Madrid (2020); Garden of Six Seasons, Para Site, Hong Kong (2020); Toronto Biennial of Art (2019); A Universal History of Infamy, LACMA, Los Angeles (2018); Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Latin American Circle Presents, Breve Historia de la Arquitectura en Guatemala, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2017); Incerteza Viva, 32nd Biennial of São Paulo (2016); Rendez-Vous, 13th Lyon Biennale (2015); Props for Eréndira, 10th Gwangju Biennial (2014).  


CV

Education
2013

Postgraduate research, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2008
Master of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
2006
Bachelor of Media Arts, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada

Solo Exhibitions
2022
Mimosa tenuiflora, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, M Leuven Museum, Leuven, Belgium
2021
Cecília Rebelde, Artspace, San Antonio, USA
Deus Ex Machina, Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
2020
Asymmetries, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
2019
He was, First of All, Water, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
El mensajero del bosque sumergido, CFCE Antigua, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Corazón del espantapájaros, SFU, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2018
The House at Kawinal, New Museum, New York, USA
El Sexto Estado, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico
The Luminous Grid, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany
El Guardián del bosque, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City,
Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2017
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal
Linnaeus in Tenebris, CAPC Bordeaux, France
Two Flamingos copulating on a tin roof, Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany
Illusion of Matter, Proyectos Ultravioleta at LISTE, Basel, Switzerland
2016
The Print of Sleep, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
The Print Of Sleep, If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mimesis of Mimesis, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015
God’s Reptilian Finger, Gasworks gallery, London, United Kingdom
Illusion of Matter, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Ensayo Material 24.09.15, Des-Pacio gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
Con la lengua negra de tanto lamer la noche, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Bogota, Colombia
2014
No sé cómo decir no sé, Sultana, Paris, France
2013
Feather Piece, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
2012
Cuerpo geométrico, Despacio gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
2011
Bitch on a bent palm tree, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Leer y beber el Arco Iris, Casa de América Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain
Action T4 (the asylum is burning), Gachet Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2010
La Reina ha muerto, el alce la mató, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Breve historia de la arquitectura en Guatemala, Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2009
From Sea to Sea, Visualeyez Festival, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
2008
Para tí el banano madura al peso de tu dulce amor, Des-Pacio Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica
To See The Enormous Night Arise, Pleasure Dome Festival, Toronto, Canada
2007
Children’s Tears Laid Out To Dry, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Muxux: My Navel, My Grandfather: Chicago, South Side Community ArtCenter, Chicago, USA
2006
Written Sorrows, Neutral Ground Artist-Run Gallery, Regina, Canada
2005
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
2004
La abortada, Blim Space, Vancouver, Canada
2003
Great White Fleet, Gachet Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
At the Base of Her Spine, Open Space, Victoria, Canada
2002
Possession, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica
2001
Sodomizing Diego Rivera, Live Performance, Vancouver Art Biennial, Vancouver, Canada
2000
White Intra-Venus, Church of Pointless Hysteria, Vancouver, Canada
1999
Flesh Garden, Gachet Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Chicken Transgressions, Gachet Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Group Exhibitions
2023
Chrysalis: The Butterfly Dream, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
The Night Dies by the Day, the Day Dies by the Night, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2022
Back to the Roots: Decolonize Nature, WE ARE AIA, Awareness in Art, Zurich, Switzerland
58th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, USA
La Imagen Quema: Perspectivas del videoarte en Guatemala, Centro Cultural de España en Guatemala, City of Guatemala, Guatemala
Abundant Futures: Works from the TBA21 Collection, C3A, Córdoba, Spain
Almond shaped eyes for circles and dots. Circles for eyes and almond shaped dots. Dots and almonds for circles in eyes, Galerie Nordenhake Mexico, Mexico
2021

First Sunrises on Earth, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Perdidos. En Medio. Juntos, 22a Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City, Guatemala
The Missing Circle, Kadist, San Francisco, USA
Scratching the Surface, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany
República, La Nueva Fábrica, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Radical Empathies, Callirrhoë, Athens, Greece
Somos aunque nos olviden, PAC Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Inquiétances des temps (Worries of the times), CNAP film
Collection, Abbaye de Maubuisson, Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône, France
So Close I Can See Inside of You, ChertLüdde, Ritterstrasse, Berlin, Germany
Primeros Amaneceres en la Tierra, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Más Allá, el Mar Canta, Times Art Center Berlin, Germany
2020
How to Tread Lighly, TBA21, Madrid, Spain
The Effects of Crossings & Self-Aggrandization in the Human Kingdom, Galerie MAM, Vienna, Austria
El círculo que faltaba, Museo Amparo, Puebla, México
La Colère de Ludd, BPS22 Musée d'art de la Province de Hainaut, Charleroi, Belgium
Exaltation is the Going, University of Tokyo, BUoY, Tokyo, Japan
Garden of Six Seasons, Para Site, Hong Kong, China
The Gardeners, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
2019
The Missing Circle, Museo de Arte Moderno Medellín, Colombia
This might be a place for hummingbirds, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany
Toronto Biennial of Art, Small Arms Inspection Building, Toronto, Canada
Haltung & Fall. Die Welt im Taumel (Posture & fall. The world In a tumble), MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
After Living Before Arriving, Biennale Kaunas, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
The Ground We Have In Common, Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso, Italy
Rivers Flow out of my Eyes, Tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
No podrán detener la primavera, Ascencio, Ladera Oeste, Guadalajara, Mexico
How to Breathe Forever, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
2018
Horizontes Errantes, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, Quito, Ecuador
SITElines: Casa tomada, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA
Exhibition of the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize Finalists, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal
Al dictado, arte y conflicto en Centroamérica,
MAMM, Medellín, Colombia
Agora, The High Line, New York, USA
A Universal History of Infamy, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA
Natura Naturans, Mendes Wood DM, New York, NY, USA Naturaleza Incierta, o cómo se construye el paisaje desde Guatemala, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Cuando despertó..., Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Condo London, greengrassi, London, United Kingdom
2017
Viva Arte Viva, 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
The Conundrum of Imagination, part of Wiener Festwochen, Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria
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
A Universal History of Infamy, 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles, USA
Life in His Mouth, Death Cradles Her Arm, Sies + Höke at Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Todo llega cuando tiene que llegar, Diablo Rosso, Panama City, Panama
2016
Incerteza Viva, 32 Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sunrise Sunset, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Un Atlas Decolonial: Videos de las Américas, 2010-2015, OPC, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2015
A Decolonial Atlas: Videos from the Americas 2010-2015, Something Else (Off Biennial), Cairo, Egypt
Rendez-Vous, 13th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France
Intersections (after Lautréamont), CIFO Cisneros Fontana ls Art Foundation, Miami, USA
Vangard-ISTMO, IDB Staff Association Art Gallery, Washington DC, USA
Tocar madera, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, Guatemala
The School of Nature and Principle, EFA Project Space, New York, USA
Tristes y no tan tristes, Proyectos Ultravioleta at Liste Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Breve historia de la arquitectura en Guatemala, Instituto de Visión at Frieze, New York, USA
2014
Props for Eréndira, 10th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Corea
Ce Que Raconte La Solitude, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, France
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
XIX Art Paiz Biennial: Trans-Visible, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Zipacna, Creator of Mountains, Sultana, Paris, France
2013
The Politics and Pleasures of Food, Halle 14 Gallery, Leipzig, Germany
Present Future Prize Exhibition, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
2012
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
The Weight of Lives I’m Not Living, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2011
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
2010
De Guatemala a Guatepeor, SaunaProjects, Bogota, Colombia
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa & Beatriz Santiago, invited by Despacio Gallery of Costa Rica &the Other Art Biennial of Bogota, Bogota, Colombia
Incidentes de viaje en Centroamérica, Chiapas, Yucatán y otros lugares, Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2008
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
2007
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, 53rd International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
2006
Slits II, Western Front Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Public Collections
BPS22 Museum of art of the Hainaut Province
Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M)
FRAC Grand Large - Hauts-de-France
KADIST
Kunstmuseen Krefeld
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation
Tate Modern
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection

Exhibitions
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa Mimosa tenuiflora
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa He Was, First of All, Water
natura naturans
Natura Naturans
Prediction
Curated by Milovan Farronato
Publications
Remains-Tomorrow: Themes in Contemporary Latin American Abstraction Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Paloma Bosquê
2022
20 em 2020: Os artistas da próxima década – América Latina Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
2020
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
2019
Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
2018
Two Flamingos Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
2018
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