Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (b. 1978, Guatemala City, Guatemala) holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Using theatre, drawing, literature and sculpture, Ramírez-Figueroa’s work conjures live and sculptural representations that explore themes of loss, identity and displacement. The Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996) is a recurring subject in his work, which although often softened by an absurd and humorous approach, fails to conceal the force of history that precedes it.
Ramírez-Figueroa has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including Viva Arte, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice (2017); Rendez-Vous, 13th Lyon Biennale, Lyon (2015); Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014); A Chronicle of Interventions, Tate Modern, London, (2014); Illy Present Future, Castello di Rivoli, Torino (2013); Beber y Leer El Arcoiris, Casa América, Madrid (2012); Home Works IV, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2008); and 53rd Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen, (2007). He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Mies van der Rohe-Stipendium, a Franklin Furnace award, and an Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship (selected by Dan Graham). He attended the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in 2013.