Esteban Ocampo-Giraldo

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: New York, NY

How many times have I played soccer in my life? Seen my parents lying in bed on a Sunday morning? Played ping-pong during school recess? Partied with friends at someone’s country house? I paint an idea: the feeling of repeated experiences, which are always different in their own way, condensed into one image. Combining visual references from life and photographs, and using my imagination, I re-create my memories as they feel and look inside my head. My paintings can’t be placed in a particular day, month, or year of my life, nor can they be understood as a literal, recognizable moment.

Since moving to New York in 2013, I have come to deeply appreciate my South American (Colombian) upbringing. Through painting, I integrate memory, experience, and imagination into work that recognizes the humor, connection, and loss in everyday life.