MFA - Montana State
BFA - Kansas City Art Institute
McCarthy Hall 262
- Art Education
Armando Ramos grew up in Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Kansas City Art Institute and graduate studies at Montana State University. In the years following graduate school he lived and maintained a studio in San Francisco, CA. Ramos has been an artist in residence at The Richard Cartier Studios (Napa, CA), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and at California State University at Long Beach (Long Beach, CA). He is currently a Professor of Art at Valley City State University (Valley City, ND) and was awarded the 2012 Individual Artist Grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. His work has been exhibited at the Virginia Brier Gallery (San Francisco, CA), The Oakland Museum (Oakland, CA), The Dairy Art Center (Boulder, CO), Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, IL), Studio Couture (Detroit, MI), and the North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, ND).
Through portraiture and caricature, I create comically irreverent images drawn from my jumbled youth. Pop culture, mass media, religious iconography, and quotidian observations are civilly canonized as high-relief sculptures, minimalist interventions, and absurd juxtapositions that question the largeness of these larger-than-life embodiments. In examining my own history, I deny the authenticity of the past memories and the invincibility of adulthood. Instead, I seek to create an existence of complicated iconography that gives odd relevance to sculptures and paintings.