Mel Ramos

Born in 1935 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Born on July 24, 1935 in Sacramento, he began his artistic studies in his hometown in 1953. His first exhibition was held at the David Stuart Gallery in 1965 and he also had shows in Europe starting from 1971. The Oakland Museum in California organized his first retrospective exhibition in 1977.

Mel Ramos?s painting is clearly inscribed in the pop art movement. As Roy Lichtenstein, he is inspired at the beginning of his career by American comics, by the Batman or Flash Gordon logos. Pin-ups are also a recurring themein his work and he chooses to illustrate them by figures that are isolated on backgrounds represented by brand logos. From 1970 on, he hijacks classics of art history as Edward Manet?s Olympia or Jacques-Louis David?s ?Amour et Psyché?.

His work is present in more than thirty public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the Guggenheim and the MoMA in New York or the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
On the occasion of its 75th anniversary and of the anniversary of 50 years of Pop-Art, he had a major retrospective exhibition at the Albertina in Vienna and at the Villa Stuck in Munich.

An artist of the diversion, refusing to provoke, Ramos sees in the 60's California an anticipation of our civilization where images are omnipresent. By multiplying the representation of the female body without any sexual connotations but in the context of hijacked ads, Mel Ramos illustrates the derisory side of icons and symbols of the consumerist "religion" (which sets him apart within the pop movement). This way, he also questions the true-false values that advertising and Hollywood put forward, starting with the emancipation of women. Focusing on the female figure and its natural side, he contributed to the contemporary evolution of the nude.

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EXHIBITIONS

Mel Ramos a participé à plus de 120 expositions personnelles et collectives et est exposé dans plusieurs musées dans le monde

SELECTION COLLECTIONS PUBLIQUES

Albertina, Vienna (Autriche)
Albright- Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo ,NY (USA)
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, ARK (USA)
Art Bank, U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C (USA)
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (Canada)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C (USA)
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA (USA)
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (USA)
H.M, de Young Museum, San Francisco (USA)
deSaisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA (USA)
Guggenheim Museum, New York,NY (USA)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,Washington D.C. (USA)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (Allemagne)
Indianapolis Museum, Indianapolis, IN (USA)
Kunsthaus, Darmstadt (Allemagne)
Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences, Peoria, IL (USA)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (USA)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (USA)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje (Macédoine)
Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA)
Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (Autriche)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (USA)
Neue Galerie Stadt Aachen, Aachen, (Allemagne)
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA (USA)
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA (USA)
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA (USA)
Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA (USA)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Ecosse)
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (USA)
Sintra Museo de Arte Moderna, Sintra (Portugal)
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (USA)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,NY (USA)
Monterey Museum Museum of Art, Monterey, CA (USA)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1964-1967
Bianchini Gallery, New York, NY (USA)
David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Galerie Ricke, Kassel, West Germany
Galerie Tobies-Silex, Cologne, West Germany
San Francisco Museum of Art, CA

1968-1971
David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA (USA)
Gallery Reese Palley, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Gegenverkehr, Aachen (Allemagne)
Artist Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA (USA)
Galerie Richard Fonchke, Ghent (Belgique)
French & Company, New York, NY (USA)
Graphics Gallery, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich (Suisse)

1972-1975
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City (USA)
Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA (USA)
Madison Art Center, WI (USA)
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma (USA)
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (USA)
David Stuart Gallery, New York, NY (USA)
Museum Haus Lange Krefeld (Allemagne)

1976-1980
David Stuart Gallery, New York, NY (USA)
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (USA)
Church Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV (USA)
Galeria Plura, Milan (Italie)
Galeria Cadaques (Espagne)
University Gallery, California State University, Chino, CA (USA)
"Mel Ramos: A Twenty Year Survey," The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis
University, Waltham, MA (USA)
"Mel Ramos 'Upscapes'- A Salute to Morris Louis," Morgan Gallery,
Shawnee Mission, KS (USA)
Franz Wynans Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

1981-1985
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (USA)
Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA (USA)
Modernism, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Malinda Wyatt Gallery, Venice, CA (USA)
Route 66, Philadelphia, PA (USA)
"The Four Seasons," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY, (USA)

1986-1990
“Vintage and Recent Paintings,” Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL (USA)
"Mel Ramos - Early Paintings," Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne (Allemagne)
"Mel Ramos: Paintings 1962-1968," Modernism, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Studio Trisorio, Naples (Italie)
Kunsthandlung Brigitte Haasner, Wiesbaden (Allemagne)
James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (USA)
"Beauty and the Beast," Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (USA)

1991-1995
"Mel Ramos - The Heroines of 1962-64," Louis K. Meisel Gallery (USA)
"Mel Ramos: Aquarelle und Frühe Grafiken," ARTAX, Kunsträume,
Düsseldorf (Allemagne)
"Mel Ramos: Aquarelle und Grafiken," Maximilian Krips Galerie,
Cologne (Allemagne)
"Mel Ramos: The Unfinished Painting Series," Louis K. Meisel
Gallery, New York, NY (USA)

1996-2000
Modernism, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Galerie Ulrich Gering, Frankfurt (Allemagne)
Galerie Levy, Hamburg (Allemagne)
“Mel Ramos - Oleos, Acuarelas, Dibujos,” Galeria Levy, Madrid (Espagne)
“Mel Ramos: Chic Women,” Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Galeria Nova, Bad Homburg (Allemagne)
Galerie Levy, Hamburg (Allemagne)
Galerie Terminus, Munich (Allemagne)
Kunsthaus, Cologne (Allemagne)
Galerie Vondebank, Frankfurt (Allemagne)

2001
Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna (Italie)
"Mel Ramos - Neue Bilder," Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna (Autriche)
"Mel Ramos," Palazzo dei Sette, Orvieto (Italie)
Galeria Alvarez, Porto (Portugal)

2002
"Mel Ramos," Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris (France)
“Mel Ramos – New Paintings & Works on Paper,” Modernism,
San Francisco, CA (USA)

2003
Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York (USA)

2004
Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York (USA)
Robert Sandelson Modern and Contemporary International Art, London (UK)

2005-2006
“MEL RAMOS – Recent Works”, Modernism, San Francisco, CA (USA)
“Mel Ramos”, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA (USA)
“Mel Ramos: Retrospectiva, Heroinas, Diosa y Reinas de la Belleza”, Cadiz (Espagne)

2007
“Mel Ramos: Works from the 1960’s”, Robert Sandelson Modern and Contemporary International Art, London (UK)
“Mel Ramos: Retrospektive 1961-2007”, Thomas Levy Galerie, Hamburg (Allemagne)

2008
“Mel Ramos: Very Recent Work”, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY (USA)

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