Francisco Osorio’s practice lies in perceiving and augmenting objects towards a consideration of their possible transcendent functions. Working across media he engages a process of collecting objects from a variety of sites and places them in his studio as an act of generating a coherent context wherein they can coexist despite their differences, losing their sense of placelessness- no longer abandoned. In experimenting with the construction and deconstruction of characterisation of these objects, narratives materialise and new registers emerge. Osorio’s work, thus rendered, reflects the intrinsic performativity of process, and through its documentation he remains consistently open to novel forms. Such dualities as weight/ lightness, roughness / delicacy, opacity/ translucence, order /chaos are questioned in their dialogue, thus, his work is an ongoing conversation between spheres of expectation and connotation. Osorio researches persistently the complex dynamic between the organic and the industrial in nature, architecture, and intimate spaces. His work strikes a balance between the playfulness and melancholy of the ongoing effort to arrive at any fixed conclusion.
Born in 1987, Lisbon, Portugal. Francisco currently lives and works in Lisbon. He works in different media including photography, installation, sculpture, documental video and painting. Osório did an MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, in London between 2015/16 and he also graduated in architecture from Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa, in Portugal, in 2013, having done Erasmus for one year in Milan. He has also frequented Atelier de Lisboa between 2018/20 and Ar.Co – Centro de Artes & Comunicação Visual in Portugal between 2011/13. He was at Pico do Refúgio, Açores doing an artistic residence with António Júlio Duarte in 2018 and at Careyes Art Foundation, México in 2019.
Francisco’s work has been exhibited at Foco Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal; Mono, Lisbon, Portugal; Careyes Foundation, México; Espaço Real, Lisbon, Portugal; Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, São Miguel – Açores, Portugal; Experimento, Madrid, Spain; TAL Gallery, Cascais, Portugal; Cookhouse Gallery, London, UK; Punctum, London, UK; Mills Centre Gallery, London, UK; Museu Bordalo Pinheiro, Lisboa, Portugal; Galeria Contempo, Lisboa, Portugal; Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal.