“Drawing from a personal lexicon of imagery that I’ve developed over the years, this piece is influenced by a variety of iconographies marked by personal, cultural, and historical experiences. Generally my work is influenced by Pre-Hispanic mythology and folklore aesthetics, as well as North American pop culture – specifically street art forms. The image is also a constant exploration of historical trauma and memory of violence through personal iconologies I revise over time.” – Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Born in El Salvador in 1978, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo immigrated to Canada in 1989 as a result of the 12-year civil war in El Salvador. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto 1998-2001) and received an MFA from Concordia University (2004-2007), and he currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada.
Castillo’s allegorical drawings explore issues of collective memory, cultural identity and historical trauma. Using the body as a symbol and site for trauma, his work is engaged with the possibilities of narrative manifested in personal iconography.