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September 2012

Celebrating photography in September, Ruiz-Healy Art in San Antonio will feature the work of Chuck Ramirez.

Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010) was an artist and designer who lived and worked in San Antonio, Texas. His iconic work “Breakfast Tacos” was purchased in 2012 by the Smithsonian American Art Museum for their permanent collection. 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. Ruiz-Healy Art is the exclusive representative for the estate of Chuck Ramirez.

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