Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa

Field of Practice:

Visual Arts

City, Country:

Flores, Guatemala


2009, 2010, 2011


Jan 2011 - Oct 2011

Born 1978 in Guatemala City/Guatemala.

Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa obtained a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver/Canada and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL/USA in 2007. He works as a video, installation and performance artist.

Ramirez-Figueroa is the son of a former Guerrilla ex-combatant in the Guatemalan Civil War, and his art reflects his childhood of political violence and his experiences as a refugee in Canada. Other important subjects in his work are poetry, folkloricism, queer sexuality, the politics of food, and magical practices.

Selected projects: Solo exhibitions: »Para Ti El Banano Madura Al Peso De Tu Dulce Amor«, Espacio ::.: ..: ::.: : .:, San José/Costa Rica, 2008; »Children’s Tears Laid Out To Dry«, grunt gallery, Vancouver, 2007; »The Great White Fleet«, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver, 2003; Group exhibitions: »AA Bronson’s School for Young Shamans«, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY/USA, 2008, »Home Works IV«, Masrah Al Madina/Lebanon 2008; »Sex Work: The Museum as Brothel, Art House as Porn House«, Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen/Germany, 2007. Performances at FADO Centre for Performance Art in Toronto/Canada, at South Side Community Art Centre in Chicago, at Tribe Arts in Saskatoon/Canada, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo in San José.

Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa is a recipient of various awards including the 2007 Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund. He divides his time between living in Guatemala on a farm with his family near Flores and living in Canada in his studio in Vancouver.