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Mel Ramos (1935-2018)

Mel Ramos (1935-2018)

Painter, Graphic artist

Mel RAMOS (Sacramento 1935 - Oakland 2018) is a well-known pop art artist.

His work has often been seen alongside work by pop art artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist in the United States and Europe. The work was widely distributed in books and magazines.

In his work Ramos combines realistic depiction of people (mostly women) and consumer products against abstract backgrounds. Since 1959, he has participated in more than one hundred and twenty group exhibitions.

Mel Ramos began painting comic book heroes such as Batman in 1961. From 1963 he mainly focused on portraying Wonder woman and other female superheroes, Pin ups, in an environment of Western consumer items such as a coca-cola bottle, luxury cars. It is not clear whether he thereby denounces the exploitation of female beauty in advertising or whether he idealizes it himself. Ironically, since 1972, he has also been parsing well-known masterpieces from art history (Unfinished Paintings), replacing the classical nudes with contemporary pinups.

American Pop Art Artist American Pop Art artist Mel Ramos was born in 1935 in Sacramento, California. He graduated from Sacramento State College. From 1958, he taught at Elk Grove High School, Mira Loma High School, and California State College, among others. Comic Book Superheroes In the early 1960s, Mel Ramos painted comic book superheroes in bold colors with thick pigment. In 1963, work by Mel Ramos was included in the "Pop Goes The East" exhibit at the Houston Museum of Modern Art. Mel Ramos' first solo exhibition took place in 1964 at the Bianchini Gallery in New York. The paintings with naked pin-ups were created after 1965. The ladies from the magazines were combined by Ramos with advertisements for branded articles. Several exhibitions of his work were organized in Germany. Mel Ramos exhibited in Aachen and Krefeld, among others. In 1978 he participated in the "Art About Art" exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York.

Since 1980, Mel Ramos has taught painting at California State University in Hayward

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