About the Artist

     Ramon Murillo was born in Pocatello Idaho into a family who highly valued art and culture.  Thus, he developed a passion for art at an early age. By the age of six he was drawing, and by the time he was 15 he'd taken up oil painting. By age 17 he was making and painting drums.  He went on to receive a  B.F.A.  from Idaho State University, an M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Oregon, and a Post Graduate degree in Non-toxic  Printmaking, Grand Prairie Regional College, Canada. 

      Ramon's art is held in the permanent collections of  several major art museums, including  the Seattle Art Museum, Montana Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Washington State Museum of History. His work is also held in many university collections:  University of Oregon, Evergreen State College of Washington, Idaho State University. Grand Prairie Regional College; Alberta, Canada. In 2006 Ramon received national critical acclaim when Santa Feian Magazine declared him,  “One of the brave new contemporary Native American artist to watch”.  



Ramon P. Murillo

1814 Texas st. Apt. 25

Bellingham WA, 98249

(360) 961-2151,  Ramon@painteddrums.com

Professional Achievements   

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Washington, 2010. Simon Otteberg Collation , Permeant Collections, serigraph print, “Preservation of Light”  

  Washington State History Museum , Tacoma Washington,  2008, Serigraph print-“Preservation of Light”, Permanent Collections,

Missoula Art Museum,  Missoula, Montana, 2005-06, Traveling Show, “ Native Perspectives On The Trail”: A contemporary American Indian Art Portfolio -Permanent Collections- Etching -”Dancing On the Lewis and Clark Trail”.

National  Museum of the  American Indian on the National Mall, Washington D.C. 2006,served as  a grant reviewer and evaluator of applications for the Native Arts Program.

 Crows Shadow Institute Of The Arts, Pendelton Oregon,  Artist in Residence and  Permeant Collections.- created 1 Etching, 6 Lithographs for publication.

Co- curator of Art Exhibit “Transforming Traditions”, 2002, Whatcom Museum Of Art & History, Bellingham, Washington

Curator of “Senior Show”, 1993, American Indian Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 1992,  Gordon Gilkey Permanent Collections- “Voyage of Destruction”, Artist in Residence 

Panel Member of Cultural Arts Funding Program, 1993, Lane Arts Council, Eugene Oregon, Reviewed and evaluated applications, recommend projects and funding amounts.

Selected Exhibitions

 Washington State History Museum, “In The Spirit”,  2010-05, , Tacoma Washington 

Whatcom Museum Of Art & History, 2010 Bellingham Washington, “Trespassing ” , Group show

Heard Art Museum Native Market , Group Best of Show , 2008, Phoenix Az.

Julyamsh Indian Art Show, Post Falls Idaho, 2008-2005 2003-1995

Santa Fe Indian Market, Group Best of Show -, 2007 & 2006, Santa Fe New Mexico

Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Wa. “Native American Artist “ 2007, Solo show

Tin Man Art Gallery, 2006, Three Contemporary Native Artist,  group show, Spokane Wa.

Missoula Art Museum,  2005-06, Missoula, Montana, Traveling Show, “ Native Perspectives On The Trail”: A contemporary American Indian Art Portfolio 

Hallie Ford Art Museum, 2006, Salem Oregon,  “Crows Shadows Art Institute- “Selected Artists“

Frida Lokos Gallery, 2006, Edison Washington, Solo Show “Drum Maker”

Etileljorg Museum Indian Market , 2005, Group Best of Show, Indianapolis Indiana.

Allied Arts, 2005, Bellingham Washington, “Ramon Murillo and Neil Parsons” Two-Person show. 

Frida Lokos Gallery, 2005, Edison Washington, Solo Show “ Salmon Spirit”

Allied Arts 2005, Bellingham Washington, “Annual Membership Show”

Shoshone Bannock Festival, 2008- 1975, Fort Hall, Idaho, ”Annual Exhibit”

 Whatcom Museum Of Art & History, 2002, Bellingham Washington, “Transforming Traditions” group show.

 Meloy Art Gallery, 2002, Bellingham Washington,  “Northwest Spirit American Indian”  group show.

Allied Arts Gallery, 2002-01, Bellingham Washington, “Native Traditions” group show.

Grand Prairie Regional College, 1998 Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada, Solo Show, “Image Maker”

Lucia Douglas Gallery, 1998, Bellingham Washington, “ 13 new Artist”

Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Art Museum, 1997, Fort Hall Idaho, Solo Show.

Center For The Contemporary Arts,1992, Seattle Washington, “Decolonizing The Human Mind” Invitational group Show, 

Purdue University, LaFayette, Indiana, “ Sixty Square Inches” A Juried Small Print group Show.

World Trade Center, 1990, Portland Oregon, Third Annual Hispanic Exhibit” Invitational group show.

Roseberg Museum of Art, 1990, Roseberg Oregon, Eleventh Annual Umpqua,  Juried group show.

Awards Received    

Heard Museum Indian Market, Phoenix Arizona, Painting - Honorable Mention 2008.

“In The Spirit”,  Washington State History Museum , Tacoma Washington “Legacy  Art Gallery Award “ 2008.

Santa Fe Indian Market, 2007 & 2006, Painting, Honorable mention, 3rd place, Santa Fe New Mexico

 “Eiteljorg Art Museum, Indian Market, 2005, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2nd Place Printmaking.

Indian Art Northwest, 2000, Portland Oregon, Best of Division, & 1st place in Printmaking

  1999, 1st place in Printmaking. 1st place Drum Making

  1998, 1st place Drum making, 2nd place in Printmaking. 

Idaho State Fair ,1995-97 various awards 1st, 2nd,  3rd place in Printmaking,  

Shoshone-Bannock Art Show, 1975-2005, Fort Hall Idaho, various awards 1 st 2nd  3rd place in Printmaking, Water media, Storytelling, Drum making.


Post Graduate Degree in Non-Toxic Printmaking, 1997-98, Grand Prairie Regional College, Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking, 1992, College of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, 1998, Printmaking Major, College of Fine Arts, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, 1980, Painting Major, College of Education, Idaho State University

Publications And Honors

National  Museum of the  American Indian on the National Mall, Washington D.C. 2005, Radio time Series- interview -contemporary story centered around time and Non-toxic Printmaking.

Indian Country Today, 2006, “Three Contemporary Native American Artist “ New York, New York. National Distribution.

The Santa Fean, 2006, Santa Fe, New Mexico” Brave New Artist” 

Bellingham Herald, Bellingham Washington, 2005, “ Contemporary Native Artist”

Whatcom Art Museum, 2002, “Transforming Traditions” catalog with reproductions

Center For Contemporary Arts, Seattle Washington, 1992, “Decolonizing the Human Mind”, Catalogue  with reproductions

Talking Leaves, Eugene Oregon, 1991, Summer/fall issue, Cover and “Artist In Focus”

Idaho Arts Journal, Sand Point Idaho,1988, Cover and “Artist in focus”