Mel Ramos, ‘Hav a Havana VI’, 2005, RoGallery

Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil

About Mel Ramos

Mel Ramos’s provocative, humorous paintings mix idealized nude women with the imagery of popular culture—Coca Cola bottles, movie posters, and the like. A prolific artist from his emergence in the 1960s onward, Ramos has often based his nudes on the female celebrities of the day, from Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson. His style references the sensuality and glossy flatness of pin-ups and Playboy spreads and has drawn the ire of feminists and art critics alike, despite Ramos’s assertion that his works are “apolitical”. Though clearly aligned with Pop art in his appropriation of imagery from mass media and consumer products, Ramos calls his practice rooted in Surrealism and its emphasis on “absurd conjunctions”—in his case, a beautiful nude woman emerging from a Snickers wrapper or lounging seductively in a banana split.

American, b. 1935, Sacramento, California, based in Oakland, California

Group Shows

2018
Independence Day Sale - Complimentary Global Shipping and Packing on All Works in this Show purchased before July 10, 2018. Mention this promotion when you request to purchase through Artsy
2018
Schaan / Liechtenstein,
2017
Gregorio Escalante Gallery, 
Los Angeles,
THE POWER OF POP
2015
Nuremberg,
Summer-Accrochage 2015
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