Thomas Osorio - Thomas.Osorio91 (at) gmail.com

Born 1991, Dover, Ohio
Lives & works in Cincinnati, Ohio

Artist Statement:
My work details my contemplations on the subjectivity of reality. The nature of a physical painting which is rendered in a virtual format serves as a metaphor. The work composes of the action of approaching a physical art form such as painting to represent something that is “real” which is then metamorphosed into a virtual format i.e., “unreality”. This metaphor is a signifier of the relation to the shared objective and rationalist world that constitutes the “real” and the “unreal” reality that exists in my mind. This “unreal” world is comprised of spiritual revelations, rumination on the nature of society and morality, and attempts at gaining knowledge in the infinte expanse of void that constitutes existence. My art serves as a meditative process within this internal world in which the works created are not necessarily representations of anything, but rather a series of byproducts created from the process of contemplation.

Education:
2018 MFA in Studio Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2014 BFA in Painting, minor in Art History, Pratt Institute

Solo Exhibitions:
2024
Pique Gallery, "Expanding Universe", Covington, KY (forthcoming)
2022
Art Academy of Cincinnati, McClure Gallery, “Digital Realities”, Cincinnati, OH

Group Exhibitions:
2023
Design Collective, "Trionfi, A Tarot Group Show", Cincinnati, OH
PAR-Projects, "New Horizons", Cincinnati, OH
1628 LTD., "Saturation: an Exploration of Vibrancy", Cincinnati, OH
2022
CampSITE Sculpture Park, “Projections”, Cincinnati, OH
Sample Space, “UNFIT, An Immersive NFT Gallery”, Cincinnati, OH curated by NFTxCincinnati
Rainbow Gallery, “Midwest Stories”, in collaboration with Satellite.TV.Cincy, Cincinnati, OH
Art Academy of Cincinnati, “Immune Response: AAC Faculty Exhibition 2022”, Cincinnati, OH
2021
DesktopGallery2021, “November 2021”, curated by Loraine Wible, online
ArtWorks Cincinnati, “ArtWorks 25th Anniversary Auction”, Cincinnati, OH
Pique Gallery, “Dream Places”, Guerrilla Projections by Satellite.TV.Cincy, Covington, KY
Roy G Biv, The Shot Tower Gallery, “ImageOHIO 2021”, Columbus, OH
2100 W. 8th St, “Horizons”, Guerrilla Projections by Satellite.TV, Cincinnati, OH
2020
Give a Minute Cincinnati - 1 Minute Video, online
2018
The Arts Club of Chicago, "Drawing Room", Chicago, IL
Interlochen Center for the Arts, “Faculty Visual Arts Exhibition”, Interlochen, MI
Mooch Gallery, “Spring in Motion”, Chicago, IL
Sullivan Galleries, “MFA Show”, Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall, “SaveMoneySaveLife”, Chicago, IL curated by Santiago X
2017
Slayer Gallery, “Neon Jewels”, Online
2016
The Center for Contemporary Art, “2016 International Juried Exhibition”, Bedminster, NJ
2013
Palisades906, “Salon Show”, Brooklyn, NY
Mayson Gallery, “My Generation”, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography:
Griffith, Katie. Out of the Metaverse: Cincinnati Gets First Immersive NFT Art Exhibit and Education Event, Cincinnati Citybeat

Lectures:
2022: Grad School Roundtable, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2018: Maclean Black Box - SAIC, “Panel: Situation & System”, Chicago, IL

Awards and Residencies:
2019: Grunewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA
2016-2018: Joseph & Emily Gidwitz Scholarship - SAIC
2010-2014: Presidential Merit Based Scholarship - Pratt Institute

Professional Experience:
2023: Lead Teaching Artist, ArtWorks Cincinnati
2016-2023: Teaching Artist, ArtWorks Cincinnati
2018-2022: Appraiser, Art of Estates
2012-2014: Studio Assistant, Greg Lindquist
2012: Studio Assistant, Mary Mattingly

Academic Positions:
2024-present: Northern Kentucky University - Drawing I
2021-present: Art Academy of Cincinnati - Digital Literacy, Expanded Drawing, Representational Drawing
2018: Interlochen Center for Visual Arts - INT Painting, HS Drawing for Non Majors
2017: School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Art & Street Culture (TA)
2017: School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Painting Studio: Collage (TA)

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