Mar 19 – Apr 2, 2004
Born in 1962, Ramirez lives and works as an artist and graphic designer in San Antonio, TX. Primarily working in large-scale photography, Ramirez‚s oeuvre includes prints and sculptural installations. His work investigates the rituals and forms of everyday life and is charged with metaphors of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and religion.
He has shown extensively throughout Texas and the United States. Solo and group exhibitions include the Bronx Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; Arlington Museum of Contemporary Art, Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, North Texas State University Gallery, Denton, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio Satellite space, Blue Star Art Space, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, TX, and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, NY. In 1999 the artist exhibited a photo installation entitled „Long-Term Survivor‰ in ArtPace‚s Hudson (Show)Room. . He was selected for his ArtPace residency in 2001 by Jerome Sans, Independent Curator an Co-Director of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. His work was included in a group show, Politics of Difference, which traveled to Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, and Mexico City. Recent international exhibitions include solo project at ARCO 04, ARCO 03 in Madrid, Spain, Scope Miami, Scope New York, and FIAC 03.
About the work
As an artist and graphic designer, Ramirez processes and deconstructs the media world in which he lives. His work employs visual and conceptual techniques found in contemporary advertising. Using photography and digital imaging technology, Ramirez recontextualizes familiar objects to explore the human condition and often resurrects waste˜photographing filled garbage bags, dying flowers, battered piñatas, and most recently dense still lives of abandoned dinner scenes. Always personally relevant and charged, Ramirez has explored cultural identity, mortality and consumerism through his photographs and installations.
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