In part one we focus on Budet’s family history, personal artistic trajectory, his studies and movements around the globe, and his connections to political activism.
In part two we shift our focus to his recent body of paintings and aesthetic investigations.
Osvaldo Budet (1979, San Juan, Puerto Rico) A multimedia artist, he earned his Bachelor’s with a concentration in painting at Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto in 2004 and his Master’s from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. From 2011 to 2012 he attended the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst, Germany, and was a Resident Artist at AWIPEV Koldewey Arctic Research Base Station in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway. He was also part of the Leipzig International Art Program in Leipzig/ Berlin, Germany. His work has been exhibited in Puerto Rico, the US, and Germany, where he has won awards. His work breaks the paradigm of creating an alternate present, in his paintings he creates documental fantasies, images of the past that can be seen as an ideal future and on the other hand, uses the documentary as an anchor to reality. Currently lives in Newcastle, South Wales, Australia.
As referenced in part one of the interviews, we include these two video works: