Ramiro Smith Estrada
Argentine, b.1984)

Ramiro Smith Estrada, 1984, lives and works in Buenos Aires. He pursued Engraving as a career at Universidad del Museo Social Argentino in 2007. He was selected to be displayed at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in the field of Engraving in 2010 and 2013, and to the Williams Award in 2012. In 2014 he was selected to attend the Contemporary Artistic Practices clinic (PAC, for its initials in Spanish) conducted by Gachi Prieto Gallery and delivered by renowned artists and professors Eduardo Stupia, Rodrigo Alonso, Rafael Cippoletti and Andres Wassiman. The same year he took part of a four-Argentinian-artist showing exhibition at VICE Gallery in the context of Art Basel Miami Beach. In 2015 he participated in an art residency program at LaVallee in Brussels, Belgium.

His work revolves around contemporary modalities and the ways we see and portray ourselves. Through a narcissistic standpoint, we are constantly weaving a tale of who we are; fashionable, current and up to date. As on social media, his paintings attempt to highlight and beautify the “mundane” and at the same time exacerbate the clash between fleeing narcissism and the weight of culture. The “ornament” then functions as a means of symbolic and formal decoration.

He focus is on the subject of the contemporary construction of “self-image”. Focusing on a culture that does not delve into content but rather a place where the image reigns supreme. Imagery and the reflection of the other, and how we are seen seem to be the raison d’etre. Narcissism, the consumption of “cool” culture and the glorification of the mediocre.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021   Bliss is not a happy thing, Understudy, Denver, CO
2019   Expertly    Paired, Leon Gallery, Denver, CO 
2017   Cheto, Mundo Nuevo Art Gallery, Buenos Aires
2015 HUSTLE IN BRUSSELS LAVALLEE BRUSSELS BELGIUM
2014 THE YOUNG GODS ICBC Foundation Buenos Aires Argentina
2013 LAZY Carmen Sandiego Gallery Buenos Aires Argentina
2011 ¡Viva la Patria! FIEBRE Contemporary Art Gallery Buenos Aires Argentina

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Great America, X by Bluerider, Taipei City, Taiwan
2017 National Salon of Painting, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
2016 V Painting Award, Banco de Córdoba, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 From Argentina with Love, Vice Gallery, Wynwood, Miami, FL, U.S.
2014 Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Castagnino Museum, Mar del Plata, Argentina
2013 National Salon of Printmaking, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 EGGO Contemporary, Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 PUMA Urban Art Festival, Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2012 Kapilo + Ramiro, Carmen Sandiego Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 Williams Award, Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2011 Natalia/Natalia, Centro Cutural España, Montevideo, Uruguay
2010 National Salon of Printmaking, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Awards

2019 Artist-in-Residence, Panal, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018 Artist-in-Residence, RedLineContemporary Art Center, Denver, CO, U.S.
2018 Artist-in-Residence, Taxi Studio, Denver, CO, U.S.
2014 Contemporary Artistic Practices Program, Gachi Prieto Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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