Analysis out of the box

The market rise of Oscar Murillo

Analysis out of the boxArt Market | The popularity of Oscar Murillo, 27, a 2012 graduate of the London Royal College of Art, has rocketed and was revealed to the public during an auction at Sotheby’s New York in May 2013 where, for the first time, one of his pieces was put up for sale by public auction ($37,500). One month later, the value of his paintings for sale went into six figures. We assess his rise to fame.

Installation view of Oscar Murillo If I was to draw a line, this journey started approximately 400km north of the equator at South London Gallery, London 2013 © Mark Blower
Installation view of Oscar Murillo If I was to draw a line, this journey started approximately 400km north of the equator at South London Gallery, London 2013
© Mark Blower

His life, his works

A native of Colombia, Oscar Murillo spent the first ten years of his life in La Paila where his parents harvested sugar cane before emigrating to London. His family worked for a cleaning company and he paid for his studies himself by cleaning offices. The emigration, movement, his family unit and his cultural community ( (…)

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Installation view of Oscar Murillo If I was to draw a line, this journey started approximately 400km north of the equator at South London Gallery, London 2013 © Mark Blower

Installation view of Oscar Murillo If I was to draw a line, this journey started approximately 400km north of the equator at South London Gallery, London 2013
© Mark Blower

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