Working in an assemblage sculptural mode to evoke the storytelling traditions embedded in his Afro-descendent history, Daniel Lind-Ramos draws forth the oral, culinary, and musical history which sustains the spirit of the once enslaved and Cimarrón community in Puerto Rico. The artist composes his works first as loose sketches in notebooks, imagining the totality from which he will assemble the parts. Then he works with found materials and gifted things of his childhood: musical instruments in part and whole, the daily instruments of eating, growing, and maintaining. These are then altered with specific painterly touches, patterns, and forms. Each component is further transformed by its encounter with the harmonious whole, the sculptures eventually acquiring a spirit-like presence. Yet they are tied immediately to the present an emphatic sense of recovery, reuse, and rejuvenation necessary in the artist’s homeland, ravaged by hurricanes and locked in an asymmetric colonial relationship with the United States.
Daniel Lind-Ramos’s work was included in the 2019 edition of the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and was the recipient of a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. His work is included in the forthcoming exhibition Sweat at the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany that opens in June 2021. In the past two years, Lind-Ramos’s works have entered numerous public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; The Perez Museum, Miami, FL; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MACPR), San Juan, Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAP), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2020 Marlborough Gallery, New York.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2019 Whitney Biennial 2019, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2018 PRIZM Art Fair, Miami, FL 2018 Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño, Museo del Arsenal de la Puntilla de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2018 New Acquisitions, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2018 PM, curated by Christopher Rivera, Embajada, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2013 “De Pie”: Ensemble y Dibujos, Museo de las Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2010 Tercer Festival Mundial de las Artes Negras, Dakar, Senegal, Africa
2001 Viaje a la Fertilidad: Pinturas, Museo Casa Roig de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Humacau, Puerto Rico 1989 Obra Reciente, Espace Lacer, Paris, France 1986 Ritos y Ofrendas, Pinturas, Galeria San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico