Mel Ramos  (American, 1935) 

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Mel Ramos (American, b.1935) is a Pop artist famous for his comic-book like images of naked, voluptuous females. Born in Sacramento, CA, Ramos studied art at Sacramento State College, where he met and studied under Wayne Thiebaud (American, b.1920), who would become a lifelong friend. Ramos taught for several years in the Bay Area before garnering fame in the early 1960s. His work appeared alongside Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997) and Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) at a Pop Art show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1963. In 1965, he first developed his most notable works depicting nude pin-up girls alongside mass-marketed products. In works like Butterfinger (1995) and Lucky Lulu (1965), Ramos coupled youthful, ironically perfect female bodies with candy bars, cigarettes, and other branded items. His pieces are well-known for exploring the ways in which modern culture has cast the female body as interchangeable with beauty and consumerism. He has also superimposed his trademark females on famous nudes from art history and classical mythology.

Ramos has exhibited internationally and been featured in numerous museums, including the Whitney and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has also held teaching positions at California State University, Syracuse University, and the University of Wisconsin.

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Mel Ramos, Hollywood Portfolio

 

Mel Ramos
Hollywood Portfolio
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Mel Ramos, Hav a Havana #8

 

Mel Ramos
Hav a Havana #8
2011

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Mel Ramos, Maidenform Molly

 

Mel Ramos
Maidenform Molly
2014

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Mel Ramos, Red Hots

 

Mel Ramos
Red Hots
2013

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Mel Ramos, Peek a Boo 4 (Scarlet Johansson)

 

Mel Ramos
Peek a Boo 4 (Scarlet Johansson)
2008

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Mel Ramos, Study for Tiger

 

Mel Ramos
Study for Tiger
1970

Galerie Hafenrichter
Mel Ramos, Maidenform Molly

 

Mel Ramos
Maidenform Molly
2014

Galerie Fluegel-Roncak
Mel Ramos, Zebra

 

Mel Ramos
Zebra
1981

Galerie Fluegel-Roncak
Mel Ramos, Top Flite II

 

Mel Ramos
Top Flite II
2001

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Mel Ramos, Virna Burger

 

Mel Ramos
Virna Burger, 1965
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Mel Ramos, Peek-a-boo Marilyn (3 works)

 

Mel Ramos
Peek-a-boo Marilyn (3 works), 2002
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Mel Ramos, Mel Ramos Retrospektive (Lucky Lulu Blonde)

 

Mel Ramos
Mel Ramos Retrospektive (Lucky Lulu Blonde), 1965
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1935   Born on July 24 in Sacramento, CA
1957   B.A Sacramento State College, B.A., Sacramento, CA
1958   M.A Sacramento State College, M.A., Sacramento, CA
1986   National Endowment for the Visual Artists Fellowship Grant
United States/France Exchange Fellowship
  Lives and works in Oakland, CA and Horta de San Juan, Spain
2013   Pop Art Accrochage, Fluegel-Roncak Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
Pinups & Portraits - IKON Ltd, Santa Monica, CA
2012   Mel Ramos: 50 Years of Superheroes, Nudes, and Other Pop Delights, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento (CA), USA (solo)
Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany
2011   Galerie Ernst Hilger Vienna, Austria
2010   50 Jahre Pop Art, Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (solo)
2009   Marcel Strouk, Galerie Rive Gauche, Paris, France (solo)
2008   True Romance, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany
Posing, Kunsthalle Dermstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
2007   Prime Time - Idols and Icons, Vonderbank Artgalleries, Berlin, Germany
Shining Spirit: Westheimer Family Collection, Oklahoma CIty Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK
2006   Life as a Legend - Marilyn Monroe, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
2005   Photorealism, Then and Now, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Girls on film, Zwirner & Wirth, New York, NY
2004   Summer Jam, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Dusseldorf, Germany
2003   Galerie Terminus, Munich, Germany
Riva Yares Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Bemarducci-Meisel, New York, NY
2002   Fischerplatz Galerie, Ulm, Germany
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France
2001   Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Galeria Alvarez, Porto, Portugal
Palazzo dei Sette, Comune di Orvieto, Italy
Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria
Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
2000   Expo 2000, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Vonderbank, Frankfurt, Germany
Kunsthaus, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Terminus, Munich, Germany
Galerie Levy, Hamburg, Germany
Kunstforum Fränkisches Seenland, Gunzenhausen, Germany
1999   Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Essen ,Germany
Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany
Kunsthaus Hannover, Hanover, Germany
Louis Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy
1998   Galerie Eikelmann & Auktionhaus Karbsten, Dusseldorf, Germany
Galeria Nova, Bad Homburg, Germany
1997   Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Mel Ramos - Oleos, Acuareias, Dibujos, Galeria Levy Madrid, Madrid, Spain
1996   Attention to Detail (Realism in All Forms), Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1991   Mel Ramos - The Heroine of 1962-64, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1987   The Artists of California: A Group Portrait in Mixed Media, The Oakland Museum Oakland, CA
1986   Mel Ramos Early Paintings, Galerie Tanja Grunert Cologne, W. Germany
1984   Automobile and Culture, The Museum of Cotemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1980   Mel Ramos: A Twenty Year Survey, The Rose Art Museum, Brandies University Waltham, MA
1979   Selections from the Frederick Weisman Collection of California Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washinton, DC
1974   Pop Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
David Stuart Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1970   Pop Prints, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1964   Bianchini Gallery, New York, NY
  Kunsthaus Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
  The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  Franklin House Collection, San Francisco, CA
  The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
  Indianapolis Museum of Art,Indiana, IN
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  Neue Galerie Stadt Aachen, Düsseldorf, Germany
  Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1994    Rosenblum, Robert. Mel Ramos - Pop Art Images, Benedikt Taschen Verlag, Cologne, Germany
1980    Ramos, Mel. Mel Ramos: Watercolors, Lancaster-Miller Publishers, Berkeley, CA
1975    Claridge, Elizabeth. The Girls of Mel Ramos, Playboy Press, Chicago, IL