Ryan Villamael

Bio

Ryan Villamael (b. 1987) is an artist who has chosen to abstain from the more liberal modes of art expression to ultimately resort to the more deliberate handiwork found in cut paper. While his method follows the decorative nature innate to his medium of choice, from the intricately latticed constructions emerge images that defy the ornamental patchwork found in the tradition of paper cutting.

His intervention into the fragile medium entails not just cutting but concept. By contemplating paper as a fraught site—after all, it is also the medium of books, maps, and other archival materials—he liberates the material to become an arbiter of meaning, one that traffics in the intersection of self and society, of biography and geography. His practice becomes a treatise of a unique vision that encompasses both the inner and outer conditions that occupy the psyche, which range from the oblique complexity of imagined organisms to the outright effects of living in a convoluted city.

In 2015, he received the Ateneo Art Award with studio Residency Grants in La Trobe University Visual Arts Center in Bendigo, Australia, Artesan Gallery in Singapore, and Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, UK.

Villamael participated in the 2016 Singapore Biennale and the 2018 Biwako Biennale in Japan. He has exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai, Para Site in Hong Kong, Mizuma Gallery and the Arts House in Singapore, ROH Projects in Jakarta, and the Metropolitan Museum in Manila.

Ryan Villamael currently lives and works in Los Baños and Manila.

Ryan Villamael (b. 1987) is an artist who has chosen to abstain from the more liberal modes of art expression to ultimately resort to the more deliberate handiwork found in cut paper. While his method follows the decorative nature innate to his medium of choice, from the intricately latticed constructions emerge images that defy the ornamental patchwork found in the tradition of paper cutting.

His intervention into the fragile medium entails not just cutting but concept. By contemplating paper as a fraught site—after all, it is also the medium of books, maps, and other archival materials—he liberates the material to become an arbiter of meaning, one that traffics in the intersection of self and society, of biography and geography. His practice becomes a treatise of a unique vision that encompasses both the inner and outer conditions that occupy the psyche, which range from the oblique complexity of imagined organisms to the outright effects of living in a convoluted city.

In 2015, he received the Ateneo Art Award with studio Residency Grants in La Trobe University Visual Arts Center in Bendigo, Australia, Artesan Gallery in Singapore, and Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, UK.

Villamael participated in the 2016 Singapore Biennale and the 2018 Biwako Biennale in Japan. He has exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai, Para Site in Hong Kong, Mizuma Gallery and the Arts House in Singapore, ROH Projects in Jakarta, and the Metropolitan Museum in Manila.

Ryan Villamael currently lives and works in Los Baños and Manila.

Poof!
2011
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120h x 160w in • 304.80h x 406.40w cm
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Mighty Series 1
2011
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acid-free paper
37h x 30w in • 93.98h x 76.2w cm
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Ziggurat
2012
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acid free paper
105 x 110 in • 266.7 x 279.4 cm
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Phylum Series 3
2013
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paper
11.22h x 23.62w in • 28.50h x 60w cm
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Imperium
2014
426
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paper, bell jar
55.5h x 38w x 35.55d in
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Epilogue II
2016
427
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paper
16.93h x 18.11w x 11.22d in • 43h x 46w x 28.50d cm
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Locus Amoenus
2016
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paper (replica maps) and felt
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Installation view of Singapore Biennale 2016: An Atlas of Mirrors
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Index 2
2017
924
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paper
11.6h x 8.9w x 3.3d in • 29.5h x 22.5w x 8.5d cm
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Terrain, After
2019
428
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acid-free paper, sand, acrylic case 26.77h x 105.91w in 68h x 269w cm
26.77h x 105.91w in • 68h x 269w cm
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Behold A City
2019
925
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paper
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Installation detail of Behold A City, Art Fair Philippines 2019 Special Exhibition
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Behold A City 4
2019
429
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paper, acrylic case
12.20h x 20.47w x 14.57d in • 31h x 52w x 37d cm
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Kadō
2020
430
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handmade washi, bell jar
18h x 12w in • 45.72h x 30.48w cm
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Vista (series) Plate no. 9
2020
431
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watercolor, (off-cut) acid free paper
9.50h x 8.50w in • 24.13h x 21.59w cm
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Selected Exhibitions

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