CHUCK RAMIREZ (1962 – 2010)

BIOGRAPHY

Chuck Ramirez, San Antonio, TX, (1962-2010)

Chuck Ramirez was an artist who lived and worked in San Antonio, Texas. As an artist and graphic designer, Ramirez processes and deconstructs the media world in which he lives. His work employs visual and conceptual techniques found in contemporary advertising and package design. Using typography and digital imaging technology, Ramirez isolates and recontextualizes familiar objects and texts to explore the human condition. Always personally relevant, Ramirez explored cultural identity, mortality, and consumerism through his photographs and installations. The images in his 1997 series, Coconut, slyly subverted stereotypes of those who cross cultural boundaries. Ramirez resurrects waste—photographing filled garbage bags, dying flowers, and battered, empty piñatas—reflecting on the fleeting nature of human existence while imposing the will to survive.

One of San Antonio’s most beloved artists, Ramirez was a major force in the San Antonio art community before his untimely death in a 2010 cycling accident. A 2002 Artpace resident, Ramirez’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2012, The Smithsonian American Art Museum purchased Ramirez’ limited edition large-format photograph, Seven Days: Breakfast Tacos, for the institution’s permanent collection. The work is included in the traveling exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. During the winter of 2017, the McNay Art Museum exhibited the first significant survey of his work in the exhibition Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too. The exhibition was organized by the McNay’s Chief Curator/Curator of Contemporary Art René Paul Barilleaux.

Ruiz-Healy Art is the exclusive representative for the estate of Chuck Ramirez. Contact us for the availability of prints. Some editions are closed or sold out.

CATALOGUES

Chuck in Context

2017. Ruiz-Healy Art. Hardcover
48 pages. 10 x 8 inches

 

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Minimally Baroque

2011. Ruiz-Healy Art. Paperback
48 pages. 10 x 8 inches

 

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EXHIBITIONS

CURRENT

Cecilia Paredes & Chuck Ramirez: Photographing Identity
May 3 – June 15, 2019

New York, New York

PAST

Latinx Art: Transcending Borders
April 3 – May 11, 2019

Houston, Texas

PAST

Chuck in Context
September 14 – October 14, 2017

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

Why is the sky blue?
November 18, 2015 – February 13, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

More Than Words: Text Based Artworks
March 5 – April 25, 2015

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

Aesthetic Encounters
December 10, 2014 – January 24, 2015

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

Oscuro Corazon
September 11 – November 15, 2014

Madrid, Spain

PAST

Collective Reflection
December 13, 2013 – January 30, 2014

San Antonio, Texas

PAST

Photographic Dialogues
September – October, 2010

San Antonio, Texas

PRESS MENTIONS

Silva, Elda. “Beloved San Antonio artist gets first career survey seven years after his death.” San Antonio Express-News, September 14, 2017.

Petty, Kathleen. “Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too.” San Antonio Magazine, September 13, 2017.

Frank, Nicholas. “Chuck Ramirez: Works from the Dust of Everyday Life.” Rivard Report, September 12, 2017.

Goddard, Dan. “Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too at the McNay Art Museum.” On the Town, September/October 2017.

Silva, Elda. “Diversity, participation in focus for Fotoseptiembre.” San Antonio Express-News, August 16, 2017.

Sanchez, Sam. “McNay Sets Fall Opening for Chuck Ramirez Retrospective.” Out In SA, July 20, 2017.