Artist profile

Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos (American, b.1935) is a Pop artist famous for his comic-book like images of naked, voluptuous females. Born in Sacramento, CA, Ramos studied art at Sacramento State College, where he met and studied under Wayne Thiebaud (American, b.1920), who would become a lifelong friend. Ramos taught for several years in the Bay Area before garnering fame in the early 1960s. His work appeared alongside Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997) and Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) at a Pop Art show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1963. In 1965, he first developed his most notable works depicting nude pin-up girls alongside mass-marketed products. In works like Butterfinger (1995) and Lucky Lulu (1965), Ramos coupled youthful, ironically perfect female bodies with candy bars, cigarettes, and other branded items. His pieces are well-known for exploring the ways in which modern culture has cast the female body as interchangeable with beauty and consumerism. He has also superimposed his trademark females on famous nudes from art history and classical mythology.

Ramos has exhibited internationally and been featured in numerous museums, including the Whitney and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has also held teaching positions at California State University, Syracuse University, and the University of Wisconsin.

Past Exhibitions

2013–2014

Die Schöne und das Biest, Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany

2013

Pop Art Accrochage, Fluegel-Roncak Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
Pinups & Portraits - IKON Ltd, Santa Monica, USA

2012

Mel Ramos: 50 Years of Superheroes, Nudes, and Other Pop Delights, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, USA (solo)
Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany

2011

Galerie Ernst Hilger Vienna, Austria

2010

50 Jahre Pop Art, Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (solo)

2009

Marcel Strouk, Galerie Rive Gauche, Paris, France (solo)

2008

True Romance, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany
Posing, Kunsthalle Dermstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

2007

Prime Time - Idols and Icons, Vonderbank Artgalleries, Berlin, Germany
Shining Spirit: Westheimer Family Collection, Oklahoma CIty Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, USA

2006

Life as a Legend - Marilyn Monroe, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, USA

2005

Photorealism, Then and Now, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, USA
Girls on film, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, USA

2004

Summer Jam, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Dusseldorf, Germany

2003

Galerie Terminus, Munich, Germany
Riva Yares Gallery, Phoenix, USA
Bemarducci-Meisel, New York, USA

2002

Fischerplatz Galerie, Ulm, Germany
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France

2001

Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, USA
Galeria Alvarez, Porto, Portugal
Palazzo dei Sette, Comune di Orvieto, Italy
Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria
Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna, Italy

2000

Expo 2000, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Vonderbank, Frankfurt, Germany
Kunsthaus, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Terminus, Munich, Germany
Galerie Levy, Hamburg, Germany
Kunstforum Fränkisches Seenland, Gunzenhausen, Germany

1999

Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Essen ,Germany
Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany
Kunsthaus Hannover, Hanover, Germany
Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, USA
Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy

1998

Galerie Eikelmann & Auktionhaus Karbsten, Dusseldorf, Germany
Galeria Nova, Bad Homburg, Germany

1997

Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Mel Ramos - Oleos, Acuareias, Dibujos, Galeria Levy Madrid, Madrid, Spain

1996

Attention to Detail (Realism in All Forms), Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, USA

1991

Mel Ramos - The Heroine of 1962-64, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, USA

1987

The Artists of California: A Group Portrait in Mixed Media, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, USA

1986

Mel Ramos Early Paintings, Galerie Tanja Grunert Cologne, Germany

1984

Automobile and Culture, The Museum of Cotemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

1980

Mel Ramos: A Twenty Year Survey, The Rose Art Museum, Brandies University, Waltham, USA

1979

Selections from the Frederick Weisman Collection of California Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washinton, D.C.

1974

Pop Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
David Stuart Gallery, New York, USA (solo)

1970

Pop Prints, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1964

Bianchini Gallery, New York, USA

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