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Mel Ramos

American  •  b. 1935

Biography

Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his paintings of female nudes alongside brand logos. His depictions of women with everyday products celebrate aspects of popular culture represented in mass media and advertising. Like his contemporaries Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Ramos was inspired by comic books and grew up drawing cartoons and characters from their pages. The artist's works, including paintings, prints and works on paper, feature in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others.

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  • Ramos studied art at Sacramento State College under the tutelage of his mentor and friend, Wayne Thiebaud. He still resides in Sacramento, California today.

  • Ramos' wife Leta, who he married in 1955, was the model in his early nude paintings.

"Picasso is so full of shit."

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