MEL RAMOS

MEL RAMOS - Biography

MEL RAMOS (SACRAMENT, JULY 24, 1935) IS A US PAINTER. HE CAN BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE LATEST EXPONENTS OF POP ART, EVEN IF THE IRONY OF HIS WORKS, FOR SOME CRITICS, PUTS HIM OUTSIDE THE ARTISTIC CATEGORY. ALTHOUGH MAINLY FIGURATIVE PAINTER, MEL RAMOS HAS EXPERIENCED BOTH REALIST AND ABSTRACT ART. SOME OF HIS WORKS EMBODY BOTH STYLES. HE IS ACCLAIMED BY CRITICISM AS AN IRONIC AND DISSACRANT EXPERIMENTER. ITS MAIN THEME, HOWEVER COMMON TO OTHER EXPONENTS OF THE POP MOVEMENT, IS THE CRITICISM OF CONSUMERISM, USING AND EXASTERING THE LANGUAGE AND TECHNIQUE OF COMICS.
MEL RAMOS RECEIVED HIS FIRST MAJOR RECOGNITION IN THE EARLY 60'S; SINCE 1959 HE HAS PARTICIPATED IN MORE THAN 120 COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS. TOGETHER WITH OTHER ARTISTS SUCH AS ANDY WARHOL, ROY LICHTENSTEIN, CLAES OLDENBURG AND JAMES ROSENQUIST, RAMOS HAS PRODUCED WORKS OF ART THAT CELEBRATE THE ASPECTS OF POPULAR CULTURE, AS REPRESENTED BY THE MASS MEDIA. HE HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE MAIN POP ART EXHIBITIONS, BOTH IN NORTH AMERICA AND IN EUROPE AND HIS WORKS HAVE BEEN REPRODUCED, OFTEN FOR THEIR IRONY, IN BOOKS, CATALOGS, PERIODICS.