Mel Ramos, ‘Sheena - Queen of the Jungle’, 1963, Louis K. Meisel Gallery

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
THE POWER OF POP, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles
2016
The Lost Paintings of 1962: A Look Back at POP!, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York
2015
POtPourri, Galerie Thomas, Munich
2014
GALLERY SELECTIONS, Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco
2012
Mel Ramos: Selections from the Retrospective, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
The Lost Paintings of 1962: A Look Back at POP!, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York
2014
GALLERY SELECTIONS, Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco
2012
Mel Ramos: Selections from the Retrospective, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
THE POWER OF POP, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles
2016
Alex Katz and other Pop Art Masters, Aurifer AG, Schaan / Liechtenstein
2016
Girls, Girls, Girls, Vertu Fine Art, Boca Raton
2016
Magnolia Editions | Innovation & Collaboration, Peters Projects, Santa Fe
2015
Gallery Selections, Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco
2015
POtPourri, Galerie Thomas, Munich
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