Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010)


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

Chuck Ramirez was an artist and designer 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.

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