Originally from El Salvador, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo immigrated to Canada at age 1. He is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design (2001) and obtained his MFA degree at Concordia University in 2008. He has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally in venues such as The International Print Centre in New York, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, MAI (Montréal Arts interculturels), Sur Gallery in Toronto, The Mexic-Arte museum in Austin, Texas and Casa de las Americas gallery in La Havana, Cuba among others.
He is the recipient of The Artist Studio Award Program by the City of Vancouver (2015-2018), including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2010) and numerous others from The Canada Arts Council. He was shortlisted for the Pierre- Ayot Prize in 2009 for an emerging artist by the City of Montréal. In 2011 he was the winner of the Victor-Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for a mid-career artist in visual arts in Canada. He’s participated in international residency programs at The Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, Vermont; Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California; Proyecto ‘ACE in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and The Santa Fe Art Institute’s thematic Immigration & Emigration residency in 2016, New Mexico.
A former resident of Montréal, he now lives and works in Vancouver, Canada where he currently serves as board member at Grunt Gallery.