Paul Ramírez Jonas is a contemporary multi-disciplinary artist whose work repurposes and reinterprets found systems and texts. He explains that, “I have always considered myself merely a reader of texts. The pre-existing text can be anything that I can treat as a score: a diary, a plan, an old photo, a footpath, sheet music, etc. The reading can take the form of a performance, a sculpture, a photo, or a video. Therefore, in my artworks, what looks like invention is but re-enactment, and what seems to be exploration is but walking in someone else’s footsteps.” His selected solo exhibitions include The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; a survey at Ikon Gallery (UK) and Cornerhouse (UK); Alexander Gray Gallery (NYC); Roger Björkholmen (Sweden); and Postmasters Gallery (NYC). He has been included in group exhibitions at the Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig (Germany); P.S.1 (NYC); Künstlerhaus (Austria); The New Museum (NYC); and Kunsthaus Zurich (Switzerland). Jonas has participated in the Johannesburg Biennale; the Seoul Biennial, the Shanghai Biennial; the 28th Sao Paulo Biennial; and the 53rd Venice Biennial. He has taught for the past fifteen years at institutions including Columbia University, New York University, Cal Arts, RISD, and Bard College, and most recently was appointed as assistant professor at Hunter College in 2007. He holds a BA from Brown University ’87 and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design ’89.
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