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

My work details the subjectivity of reality. This exploration stems from my experiences with psychosis that I developed while living in New York City in 2013. It was in this state that I understood the mind’s power to distort its understanding of the empirical and the metaphysical. These questions lay the groundwork for my approach to life and how I construct meaning in the world. The work forms as an abstraction of this concept by 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 represent one thing, and another something else; rather they are a process of a visualization of thought over time.

I use a combination of traditional oil painting approaches and data manipulation software. I usually work through a “glitching” process in which I take an appropriated photo and run it through Processing, and then collage, cut, and paint over it in a painting software. This results in an abstracted image which imitates the altered state of reality I experienced because of mental illness.

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

Selected Exhibitions/Screenings
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 Juried Show”, curated by Jonathan Goodman
2014
Pratt Institute, “BFA Show”, Brooklyn, NY
2013
Palisades906, “Salon Show”, Brooklyn, NY
Mayson Gallery, “My Generation”, New York, NY

Lectures
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
2016-2018: SAIC Incentive Scholarship - SAIC
2010-2014: Presidential Merit Based Scholarship - Pratt Institute

Selected Writings
Art Loan: Financially Passive to Active
The Hoosier Group’s Legacy on Indiana and the World
Birger Sandzen: Celebrated Artist from Kansas to Colorado
The Shifting Sands of Art, Technology, & the Internet
Art Institute of Chicago’s, Paris Street, Rainy Day & Modernity 

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

Academic Positions
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 - Five Points “We Are Walnut Hills” Mural - Teaching Artist

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