Oscar Muñoz was born in 1951 in Popayán, Colombia. He currently lives and works in Cali, Colombia.
Oscar Muñoz was born in Popayán, Colombia, in 1951. He currently lives and works in Cali, Colombia.
Muñoz graduated from the 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 and video. He created a singular imagery and historiography by using transient mediums such as human breath, water, dust and méthacrylate, focusing on the precarious reality of human life.
Muñoz’s works are in important public and private collections including the the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA; the Centre Pompidou/Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; the Tate Modern, London, UK; the Hirschhorn Museum, Washington, DC, USA; SF MOMA, San Francisco, USA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; y la Fundaciòn Caixa, en Barcelona, España.
The work of Oscar Muñoz has participated in numerous personal and collective exhibitions in international institutions such as the Jeu de Paume, Paris; the Port Art Museum in Finland; the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo; the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; the Perez Art Museum in Miami; the Fondation Cartier in Paris; the MoMA in New York; the CIFO in Miami; the SF MOMA in San Francisco; the PICA Museum in Perth; the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art; the Korea Foundation in Seoul; the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Institute of International Visual Arts in London; the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the New South Wales Gallery in Sydney and the MALI in Lima, among others. He has participated in the 51st and 52nd editions of the Venice Biennal (2005 and 2007).
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 in 2014 at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the touring exhibition Oscar Muñoz: Protografías was the artist’s first retrospective.
In 2018, Oscar Muñoz was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation Award and in 2013 the Prince Claus Award.