b. 1987, USA

Ryan Villamael Biography

Ryan Villamael (b. 1987) is an artist who has chosen to abstain from the more liberal modes of art expression to ultimately resort to the more deliberate handiwork found in cut paper. While his method follows the decorative nature innate to his medium of choice, from the intricately latticed constructions emerge images that defy the ornamental patchwork found in the tradition of paper cutting.

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His intervention into the fragile medium entails not just cutting but concept. By contemplating paper as a fraught site—after all, it is also the medium of books, maps, and other archival materials—he liberates the material to become an arbiter of meaning, one that traffics in the intersection of self and society, of biography and geography. His practice becomes a treatise of a unique vision that encompasses both the inner and outer conditions that occupy the psyche, which range from the oblique complexity of imagined organisms to the outright effects of living in a convoluted city.

In 2015, he received the Ateneo Art Award with studio Residency Grants in La Trobe University Visual Arts Center in Bendigo, Australia, Artesan Gallery in Singapore, and Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, UK.

Villamael participated in the 2016 Singapore Biennale and the 2018 Biwako Biennale in Japan. He has exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai, Para Site in Hong Kong, Mizuma Gallery and the Arts House in Singapore, ROH Projects in Jakarta, and the Metropolitan Museum in Manila.

Ryan Villamael currently lives and works in Los Baños and Manila.

Text courtesy SILVERLENS.

Ryan Villamael Featured Artworks

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Pulô series XIII by Ryan Villamael contemporary artwork works on paper
Ryan Villamael Pulô series XIII, 2021 paper (map replica), vitrine
34.5 x 57.5 x 33 cm
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Anita: ritual offering for protection from spirits of sickness by Ryan Villamael contemporary artwork works on paper
Ryan Villamael Anita: ritual offering for protection from spirits of sickness, 2021 blueprint, acid free parchment paper

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Pulô series XII by Ryan Villamael contemporary artwork works on paper
Ryan Villamael Pulô series XII, 2021 paper, vitrine
57.5 x 30.5 x 26 cm
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Pulô series XI by Ryan Villamael contemporary artwork works on paper
Ryan Villamael Pulô series XI, 2021 paper, vitrine
44 x 28 x 23 cm
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Pulô series X by Ryan Villamael contemporary artwork works on paper
Ryan Villamael Pulô series X, 2021 paper, vitrine
32.5 x 31.5 x 25 cm
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Pulô series IX by Ryan Villamael contemporary artwork works on paper
Ryan Villamael Pulô series IX, 2021 paper, vitrine
38.5 x 32 x 28 cm
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Pulô series VIII by Ryan Villamael contemporary artwork works on paper
Ryan Villamael Pulô series VIII, 2021 paper, vitrine
21.5 x 15.5 x 15.5 cm
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Ryan Villamael Recent Exhibitions

Ryan Villamael Represented By

SILVERLENS contemporary art gallery in Manila, Philippines SILVERLENS Manila
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