Naufus Ramírez Figueroa



• English, Softcover
• 184 pages
• 24.7 x 18.5 cm
• Published by
New Museum & Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2018


This first major monograph on Guatemalan multimedia artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa contextualizes his work in performance, sculpture, drawing and printmaking of 10 years, roughly from 2008-2018. Ramírez-Figueroa's installations often combine sculpture and aspects of avant-garde theater to allude to traumatic events that have shaped the political climate of present-day Guatemala. Ramírez-Figueroa expands on references to literature, folklore, magic and childhood memories.

For this catalog, Catherine Wood, Senior Curator of Performance at Tate Modern, considers the artist's work through the lens of performance art, while Guatemalan Garifuna poet Wingston Gonzalez takes up its connections to the legacy of experimental theater in Latin America. Natalie Bell, Associate Curator at the New Museum, contributes an essay surveying selected bodies of work, and Kunsthalle Lissabon directors João Mourão and Luís Silva contribute an interview with the artist.

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Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Working in performance, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (b. 1978 in Guatemala City) creates dreamlike scenes that build on references to literature, folklore, magic, and childhood memories. Engaging fantasy and allegory, his installations combine sculpture and experimental theater to transfigure everyday images and objects into symbolic tableaux. Though the artist’s works often exude a sense of whimsy and playfulness, they also allude to tragic and traumatic events that have shaped the social and political climate of present-day Guatemala. The artist lives and works in Guatemala.