Born in Sacramento, California  Mel Ramos (1935 - 2018)  is primarily a figurative painter, although he has experimented freely with realist and abstract art forms for the past twenty years. A few of his works embody both formats. This combination works to enhance the detail and feature of each format while detracting from the duality of the image making it wholly singular.

The popularity of his works is evident in the fact that since 1959 he has participated in more than 120 group shows. He has enjoyed great success and critical acclaim as an adventuresome artist with the creativity and sense of humour it takes to remain on top. Mel Ramos received his first important recognition in the early 1960s when, along with other artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, he produced artworks that celebrated aspects of popular culture as represented in mass media. His paintings were shown along with theirs in major exhibitions of Pop Art both in this country and in Europe and were reproduced, often with irony, in books, catalogs, and periodicals throughout the world.

Some critical observers of the "art scene" persist in classifying Mel Ramos as a Pop Artist. His identification with the Pop movement of the 1960's was much too narrow to account for the broader context of his paintings. His humour is not satire of ridicule. His "parodies" are respectful, affectionate tributes, a celebration of images with personal meaning.


Mel Ramos, Emin Emma, 2013