Thomas Osorio (b. 1991, Dover, Ohio), lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio

What is a reality? My work morphs and transforms across many iterations, but it always returns to this question. What does it mean to exist, at this moment, in our universe? These questions lay the groundwork for my approach to life and how I make meaning. My work forms out of the abstracted realm of this ethos, gradually accumulating lines, colors, and shapes to create a digital image. My artworks take on a symbolic meaning as the visual representation of an abstract process that forms in my mind as I consider my own life and purpose. Forms manifest and disintegrate into abstracted fields in my artworks that act as a sketchbook for the thoughts and feelings that I experience throughout the day.

The artworks do not necessarily take on meaning as individual pieces, nor does one piece directly reference or represent one thing, and another something else. Rather they are a process of visualization of a thought process over time. Within my work, I use a combination of traditional painting approaches within digital photo image manipulation software which culminate in the artwork existing between the sphere of traditional painting and the pure data of the information age.

Education
2018 MFA in Art and Technology Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2014 BFA in Painting, minor in Art History, Pratt Institute

Selected Group Exhibitions
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 Juried Show”, curated by Jonathan Goodman
2013
Palisades906, “Salon Show”, Brooklyn, NY
Mayson Gallery, “My Generation”, New York, NY

Awards and Honors
Joseph & Emily Gidwitz Scholarship - SAIC
SAIC Incentive Scholarship - SAIC
Presidential Merit Based Scholarship - Pratt Institute

Residencies
2019 Grunewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA

Professional Experience
2018-Present: USPAP Certified, ISA AM Personal Property Appraiser, Art of Estates
2012-2014: Studio Assistant, Greg Lindquist
2012: Studio Assistant, Mary Mattingly

Teaching
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)
2016 ArtWorks Cincinnati - “We Are Walnut Hills” - Teaching Artist

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