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By: Liliana Nelson Angulo – Translation by: Ilana Spath – Photo: Andrea Eslava

Oscar Murillo: A young promise in the art world

Everybody wanted to meet Oscar Murillo and talk to him, but he only gave a few interviews. Oscar does not want to speak about his recent acclaimed works of art that were sold at Christie’s and other well-known auction houses for very high prices and all the boom it created. He prefers to concentrate on his work rather than in his success.

Even though he is only 28, Murillo has a desirable curriculum: he graduated from the Royal College of Art; his works have been acquired and promoted by Charles Saatchi, considered a great benefactor of contemporary art and one of the most important art collectors in the United Kingdom; while he has managed to consolidate his artistic career in a very short period of time.

In the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Oscar is exhibiting his piece, We Don’t Work Sundays, a project he started towards the end of last year in Los Angeles, where he was spending his holidays at a friend’s house in Beverly Hills.

More than an idea of a work of art, Murrillo contextualizes the every day experiences of his native La Paila, Valle del Cauca, Colombia, and then he molds these in a video that accompanies his piece.

“In the village I grew up there’s a group of women that get together and compose songs about their daily experiences, it’s a mixture of the music from the Pacific coast of Colombia with very basic instruments. What caught my attention were their faces and personalities that reflected in their movements,” says Murillo.

His participation in this Biennial is his opportunity to be a part of his home country’s cultural expression. Murillo’s work of art is exhibited at Casa Calle de la Soledad in the old town of Cartagena.