Virginia Jaramillo

Southhampton, New York

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Virginia Jaramillo

Artist Virginia Jaramillo seated on stool in front of large striped abstract painting
Virginia Jaramillo in front of Quanta, 2021. Courtesy Virginia Jaramillo and Hales Gallery. Photo by JSP Art Photography.

Virginia Jaramillo (b. 1939, El Paso, TX) studied at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, from 1958–61 and has lived and worked in New York since the late ’60s. Whether creating bold abstract paintings, sculptural mixed media compositions, or meticulously formed handmade paper works, Jaramillo has forged a unique voice, experimenting with material and process to pursue her ongoing explorations of human perception of reality. Among many past exhibitions, Jaramillo's work was featured in Tate Modern's blockbuster exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (2017, London), which subsequently toured to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas; the Brooklyn Museum; the Broad, Los Angeles; de Young Museum, San Francisco; and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX (2018-2020). In 2017, Jaramillo exhibited in We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85 at the Brooklyn Museum, which toured to California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2018). In 2020-21, the Menil Collection (Houston, TX) presented the solo exhibition Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969-1974. In 2021, Jaramillo was included in the touring exhibition Women in Abstraction at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, and Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain. Her work is held in major private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, AR; Brooklyn Museum; Menil Collection; and Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, among others. Jaramillo is represented by Hales Gallery and Pace Gallery.

Website Links

Virginia Jaramillo at Hales Gallery
Virginia Jaramillo at Pace Gallery

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2022

I seek to investigate and translate the mental structural patterns we all superimpose on our view of the world…Throughout my career spanning six decades, I have looked to both ancient civilizations, their myths, and geological sites as inspiration for my abstract work.”