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Mel Ramos

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Sacramento, California

Birth year

Lives in
Oakland, California

Works in
Oakland, California


Mel Ramos is a U.S. figurative painter, whose work incorporates elements of realist and abstract art.

He received his first important recognition in the early 1960s; since 1959 he has participated in more than 120 group shows. Along with other artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Ramos produced art works that celebrated aspects of popular culture as represented in mass media.

The classification of Ramos within any particular school of art is disputed. Some critical observers of the "art scene" classify Mel Ramos as a pop artist. However, others believe identification of Ramos' work within the Pop movement of the 1960s implies a satirical or parodic bent which does not reflect the broader context of his paintings, and instead defend his "parodies" as respectful, affectionate tributes, a celebration of images with personal meaning.

Recent Exhibits

Mel Ramos participated in these exhibits:

May, 2016 The Lost Paintings of 1962: A Look Back at POP!
Bernarducci Meisel Gallery
Feb, 2016 Conspicuous By Their Absence - A survey of American Pop Art without Lichtenstein or Warhol
A&D Gallery
Jan, 2016 My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action
Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts
Dec, 2015 The Street, the Store, and the Silver Screen: Pop Art from the MCA Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Sep, 2015 Superman at the Supermarket
Sep, 2014 We Are You Project International
UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art
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