Oscar Muñoz was born in 1951 in Popayán, Colombia. He currently lives and works in Cali, Colombia.
Muñoz graduated from Escuela de Bellas Artes in 1971, and has developed his career through a prolific investigation of post-modern methods of representation, using non-conventional photographic and mechanical printing techniques as well as video. He created a singular imagery and historiography by using transient mediums—such as human breath, water, dust and methacrylate—, focusing on the precarious reality of human life.
Displayed for the first time in 2011 at the Museo de Arte-Banco de la República in Bogotá, then in several South American institutions and finally in 2014 at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the touring exhibition Oscar Muñoz: Protografías brought together works spanning almost forty years of the artist’s career.
In 2007, Muñoz was invited to participate in the 52nd International Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy, curated by Robert Storr. In the past decade, he has participated in group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in numerous international art institutions including O.K. Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz Austria; Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland; The Korea Foundation, Seoul, Korea; the Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain ; the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada; the Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA), London, UK; the Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico, Mexico; Philagrafika: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA ; the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain; the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima Japan; Daros Exhibitions, Zurich, Switzerland; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Japan; and the PICA Museum, Perth, Australia; Maison Rouge, Paris.
Muñoz’ works are in important public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; the Museum of Modern Art (MomA), New York, USA; the Daros Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA; the Museo del Barrio, New York, USA; The Hirshorm Museum, Washington D.C, USA; the Museum of the Americas, New York, USA; the Fundación la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain; the Tate Modern, London, UK; MAMBO, Bogotá; Daros Collection, Rio de Janeiro; UBS Collection; Colección Banco de la República de Colombia; FRAC Picardie; Colorado Art Museum; MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain; LACMA, los Angeles, USA; Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; JP Morgan Collection; MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; MOMA San Francisco, USA; and Kadist Foundation, France.
In 2018, Oscar Muñoz was awarded the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation’s award for major photographic achievements.