Mel Ramos is primarily known for his busty nudes in classical poses, he brings a sensuality and historical awareness to Pop art. His work simultaneously celebrates and satirizes popular culture.
California's figurative painter Mel Ramos (b. 1935) is considered the West Coast counterpart to the Pop Art movement. Ramos picked up the style of Pop-Art while studying art at Sacramento State College, his paintings depict super heroes from comic strips and Pin-up-Girls, which inevitably made him famous. Ramos endows Pop Art with sensuality and historical awareness. Incorporating elements of commercial signage, realism, and abstraction, Ramos produces artwork that mimics aspects of popular culture as represented in the mass media. Since 1959, Ramos has exhibited in numerous shows with artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and James Rosenquist. Ramos’ work is in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, the Neue Galerie Stadt Aachen, Germany and the Oakland Museum, California.