Oscar Murillo

Born in 1986, Colombia
Lives and works in London
There’s a lot of money to be made trading Oscar Murillo at this point,” Kenny Schachter told Katya Kazakina in her profile of the 27-year-old artist last week. Boy, that’s an understatement! Today and yesterday, a couple of untitled works by Mr. Murillo from last year came up at auction here in New York, and both sold for double their high estimates. These two lots come on top of a third Murillo that set a new record for the artist last Thursday at Phillips at $401,000, 10 times over its high estimate.

The first, at Sotheby’s “Contemporary Curated” auction, sold yesterday for $197,000, with premium. It had been estimated to sell for between $60,000 and $80,000.

The second sold today at Christie’s “First Open” sale, and though its estimate was slightly lower ($50,000 – $70,000) it sold for around the same amount $195,750, with premium.

That Mr. Murillo only doubled his high estimate shows a degree of logic exists in his bonkers market. This past June Mr. Murillo exceeded a high estimate by a factor of eight in London when a piece of his sold for $389,199, his previous auction high.

SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Zach Feuer Gallery, New York
Breed like flies and die as fast, Serpentine Gallery Saturday Seminars, London
Into the surface, Brand New Gallery, Milan

2011
Jessica Dickinson, Oscar Murillo, Cammie Staros and Phil Wagner, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles
Animals die from eating too much – Bingo!, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Animals die for eating too much! Yoga, Hotel, London
Insurgencies, Angus-Huges Gallery, London
Arepas y Tamales, Cole Contemporary, London
Royal College of Art – Interim Show, London
Responsive Eye- London Gallery West (Uni. Westminster), London
Boomerang, Crisp Gallery, London

2010
Next/Episodes- Kingsgate Gallery, London
Ratios- Slade School of Art Research Centre, London
Nothing gold can stay, part II- Galerie Meinblau, Berlin
Nothing gold can stay, 3YE project space, London

2009
RAW- Soup Gallery, London
Mono-ha, Fortescue Avenue, London

2008
A Gothic Story, shoreditch Town Hall, London
B-Liners, Jams Taylor Building, London
Zero De Conduit, Elevator Gallery, London

2007
Degree Show Uni. Westminster, London 01902

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