Mel Ramos (*1935, Sacramento, CA – + 2018, Oakland, CA) Between 1955 and 1956 he attended the San Jose State College and finished his studies at the Sacramento State College in 1958. Mel Ramos’ provocative paintings and prints put him on the map as an important Pop artist. Over 30 years along with the heroes and heroines of popular comic series, nude, female bodies of male phantasies depicted with bold outline and bright colours dominate his artistic oeuvre. They are not beautiful by nature in the classical sense, they are more farcically and constructed in their stainlessness and glamour. He supports this staginess by pairing them with artefacts of American consumerism, which are courting with their own seductive idealization. These pin ups, whose type he took from calendar art, the girlie illustrations and the Playboy magazine, are recovered in a synthetic world, bedded on fruits, at posing with larger than life consumer goods, at the game with lifelike animals, viewed through a keyhole and shown in the same attitude as the great nudes of the art history. His works have be exhibited world wild and are included in mayor museum collections like MoMA, New York; Albertina, Vienna; Whithney Museum, New York;MumoK – Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C..
The exhibition includes Paintings, Sculptures, Light-box editions and Prints and gives an overview of his oeuvre of the last 20 years.Courtesy of Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna