Diego Ramírez is known for his expanded practice across art, writing and facilitation.

He is currently undertaking a PhD at Monash University, using autotheory to explore the term Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) in the social sphere of the Australian arts, through its increased circulation in artist run organisations (ARI) from 2015 onwards.

After a sustained period of experimentation with otherness and institutional critique, he formalised his interests to look at the duplicity of language. Located within contemporary systems, Ramírez creates humorous objects in different mediums that evoke melancholic, adversarial and supernatural relations.

Key cultural factors have shaped the skepticism and darkness of his work. Such as the corruption of Mexico, the apocalyptic zeitgeist of the turn of the century and the callousness of identity politics. The combination of these formative experiences led to a state of cynicism that inform his push and pull with concepts, form and context.

In the past, he has embraced the vampire to parody cultural diversity, hijacked Marian apparitions with a dark orb, and observed how devils represent ethnic stereotypes in Hollywood.

He often refines his ideas in writing, where he articulates cultural critiques that feed back into his art. In recent years, Ramírez’ writing has become increasingly performative, often to upset the virtue economy of the art world. This allows him to explore his interest in language within the interrelated areas of creative non-fiction, autofiction and autotheory.

Diego Ramirez sitting relaxed at a church pew, illuminated by a warm yellow light shining in from the windows.
Photograph by Karl Halliday