Thomas Osorio
Born 1991, Dover, OH
Lives and works in Cincinnati, OH 

Thomas Osorio’s work details his subjective relationship with reality. His exploration of the meaning of reality stems from his experiences with psychosis that he developed while living in New York City in 2013. It was in this dream/reality state that he expanded his understanding of what is real and the ability of the mind to distort its understanding of the empirical and the metaphysical. These questions lay a groundwork for his approach to life and how he constructs meaning in the world. The work forms out of the abstracted realm of this concept, gradually accumulating lines, colors, and shapes to create a digital image. 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 abstract thought over time.

As a digital painter, he uses technology to render his works. The revolutionary change digital technology has had on art making and by extension painting has influenced him to create work using this medium. He uses a combination of traditional painting approaches within digital photo image manipulation software which culminates in the artwork existing between the two spheres of oil painting and the binary data of the information age.

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

Selected Exhibitions
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
Slayer Gallery, “Neon Jewels”, Online
The Center for Contemporary Art, “2016 Juried Show”, curated by Jonathan Goodman
Pratt Institute, “BFA Show”, Brooklyn, NY
Palisades906, “Salon Show”, Brooklyn, NY
Mayson Gallery, “My Generation”, New York, NY
Archway Art Space, “Fall Show”, Brooklyn, NY
Pratt Institute, “Fall Juried Show”, Brooklyn, NY

2019 Grunewald Guild - “Artist Presentations”, Leavenworth, WA
2018 Maclean Black Box - SAIC, “Panel: Situation & System”, Chicago, IL

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

2019 Grunewald Guild, Leavenworth, WA

Professional Experience
2018-Present: USPAP Certified, ISA AM Personal Property Appraiser, Art of Estates
2016-2018: Gallery Assistant, Sullivan Galleries - SAIC
2012-2014: Studio Assistant, Greg Lindquist
2012: Studio Assistant, Mary Mattingly

Vance Kirkland: Abstract in the American Canon
Tom Wesselmann is Critical to Understanding Pop Art
Tom Otterness from Kansas to New York
The Art Loan: When Passive Art Collections become Financially Active
The Hoosier Group’s Legacy on Indiana & the World
The Shifting Sands of Art, Technology, & the Internet
Art Institute of Chicago’s, Paris Street, Rainy Day & Modernity  

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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