Ricardo Okaranza

Ricardo Okaranza was born in Spain and is now based in Berlin. In 2007 he left a 25-year career as a professional conservator to pursue photography. As a conservator, he specialized in Renaissance polychrome sculpture and held several prestigious museum posts, notably at the Bode Museum, Berlin (2000-2007); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1999); and the Bundesdenkmalamt, Vienna (1996-2000). In addition to a wide array of conservation studies, Okaranza’s photography practice is informed by a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Barcelona, film studies at the Deutsche Film und Fernsehe Akademie Berlin (DFFB), Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv in Berlin and a Banff Centre residency in Canada. Okaranza’s work has been presented in curated exhibitions at Nuit Blanche Toronto (2008); Tape Modern #08, Berlin; Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary; Melanchotopia Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011); and Library and Memory, Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastián (2014). Recent works include the book Bretxa Erretratuak 2010-2017, Subjective Atlas Vol.III and the exhibitions Mendebaldera in RCNN, San Sebastián (2017) and Wanderlust in Galeria Altxerri, San Sebastián (2019).