NAME / Esteban Ocampo-Giraldo
BORN / 1987
LIVES AND WORKS IN / New York City
ABOUT / How many times have I played soccer in my life? Seen my parents lying in bed on a Sunday morning? Partied with friends at someone’s beach house? I started painting 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 recreate my memories and everyday experiences 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 I moved to New York in 2013, I have come to deeply appreciate my South American and Colombian upbringing. Through painting, I integrate memory, experience and imagination into work that recognizes the humor, connection and loss in everyday life.