Originally from the Catholic capital of Guadalajara, Mexico, he currently resides in Narrm Melbourne, Australia. Ramírez completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University and an Honours Degree of Fine Arts at Monash University. He is represented by MARS Gallery.
Curriculum Vitae ︎︎︎ ︎.PDF
Diego Ramírez began his career making video art. He approaches this medium cinematically and with an interest in representation. His video work was subject to a joint solo screening by ACCA x ACMI titled Diego Ramirez: Towards the Umbral, curated by Annabelle Lacroix in 2018. His videos have been shown in many international festivals, such as EXiS, FILE Sao Pualo, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Kuala Lumpur EFVF, and Channels Video Art Festival.
Over the years, he expanded his interest in media by working with different mediums, often looking at signs, indexes, and icons. Such as the life size vampire coffin for the group show Those Monuments Don’t Know Us, curated by Andy Butler in 2019. He also does performance, like his comical audition for Buffy The Vampire Slayer in Lifenessless at West Space x Gertrude Contemporary in 2019, as part of Ventriloquy curated by Joel Stern.
He incidentally became a writer by doing catalogue essays for friends, early in his career. Today he regularly contributes analytical pieces, features and reviews to a range of publications. In 2019, he presented The Horrible Affair between a Sadistic Image and a Masochistic Text at West Space as part of WRITING&CONCEPTS, a lecture on the relationship between his art and writing. His words feature in Art and Australia, NECSUS, un Projects, Runway Journal, Art Collector, Running Dog, MEMO, Art Collector, Art Guide, Blue Journal, Meanjin and Australian Book Review. He has spoken about his ideas on art and writing, on high profile media channels such as ABC and SBS. As well as conference presentations such as Dark Eden at Artspace, and Experimenta Social at ACMI X.
Somewhere along the way, he also started a career laboring in the arts. His activities in this area follow similar values to his art and writing. He is currently the Director of SEVENTH Gallery, an important 20-year-old ARI showcasing new artists from culturally diverse backgrounds. He is the Editor-at-Large at Running Dog, an art magazine based in Sydney. In 2018, he produced Neutron Star, a workshop delivered by MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow Guillermo Gomez Peña and his ‘troupe’ La Pocha Nostra, curated by Bon Mott.
Interview about practice
Interview about Picasso's Minotaur
Interview about video art
Channels Video Festival, 2019