Biography – MEL RAMOS
Mel Ramos is an American artist from the Pop Art movement, born 1935 in Sacramento (California).
From 1953 to 1958, he studied art and art history at the ‘Sacramento Junior College’ and the ‘California State University’ he would then attend as a teacher from 1958. In 1961, he started using comics’ imagery to paint figures such as Batman or Flash Gordon. From 1965, he started representing pin-ups, advertising and magazines icons, whose figures contrast with the background made of brand logos. The popularity of his works was logical and he encountered a great success with the public and criticists. In 1963, he participated to the exhibition “Pop Goes the East” in the Houston ‘Contemporary Art Museum’. In 1972, he exhibited in the ‘Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ in Salt Lake City. In 1974, there was another Pop Art exhibit in the ‘Whitney Museum’ in New York. In 1980, he became guest professor at the ‘California State University of Hayward’. He then devoted his work to landscapes and self-portraits. In the 70s, he deflected some classics of art history, such as “L’Olympia” by Manet or “L’Amour et Psyché” by David. In 1977, a retrospective of his work was presented at the ‘Oakland Museum in California’. Since the beginning of his career, he participated to more than 120 collective exhibitions.
Mel Ramos’ paintings denounce advertising and marketing strategies with ironical quotes. His sense of humour and his creativity are loaded with a particular insolence which celebrates the aspects of pop culture spread in the media.