Paul Ramírez Jonas

Paul Ramírez Jonas is a Brooklyn–based practicing artist and educator whose work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Selected solo exhibitions include Museo Jumex, Mexico City; The New Museum, New York City; Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brazil; The Aldrich Contemporary Museum, Connecticut; The Blanton Museum, Texas; a survey at Ikon Gallery (U.K.) and Cornerhouse (U.K.) in 2004, and a 25-year survey at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston in 2017. Selected group exhibitions at P.S.1; the Brooklyn Museum; The Whitechapel (UK); Irish Museum of Modern Art (Ireland); and Kunsthaus Zurich. He participated in the 1st Johannesburg Biennale; 1st Seoul Biennial; 6th Shanghai Biennial; 28th Sao Paulo Biennial; 53rd Venice Biennial and 7th and 10th Bienal do Mercosul. His projects Key to the City (2010) and Public Trust (2016) were presented by Creative Time in cooperation with the City of New York, and by Now & There in Boston, respectively.

Before coming to Cornell, Ramírez Jonas was an Associate Professor of Art at Hunter College in Brooklyn, New York, where he taught for nearly 15 years. Currently, he is working on a large-scale, socially engaged art project for the 2022 Commonwealth Games that will engage the entire host city of Birmingham in the U.K. Ramírez Jonas earned a B.A. from Brown University (1987 )and an M.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (1989). He is represented by the Galeria Nara Roesler in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and New York.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Interdisciplinary art
  • Print media
  • Public art
  • Sculpture
  • Socially engaged art
  • Publishing 
  • Multiples

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Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2009)
  • Art Matters Grant (2009)
  • Howard Foundation Fellowship (2009)
  • Atlantic Center for the Arts, July-August (2002)
  • International Studio Program In Sweden (IASPIS), Artist in Residence, Summer / Fall (1999)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Citizenship: A Practice of Society, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, Colorado (2020)
  • F as in Frank, Museo of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio (2020)
  • Monuments Now, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York (2020)

Publications (Selected)

  • Daderko, Dean ed., with essays by Bill Arning, Claire Barliant, Shannon Jackson and Dean Daderko, Paul Ramírez Jonas: Atlas, Plural, Monumental. New York: Dancing Foxes Press, 2017.
  • Garcia Waldman, Alexandra ed., with essays by Kate Gilbert, and Alexander Provan. Paul Ramirez Jonas: Public Trust. Sao Paulo: APC, 2016.
  • Hernandez Chong Cuy, Sofia ed., with an essay by Ines Katzenstein, et al., Paul Ramirez Jonas. Manchester: Cornerhouse Publications, 2004.
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