From the Community to the Canvas

Jose Ramirez showcases his work at Tilford Art Group

Published on LatinoLA: October 2, 2003

From the Community to the Canvas

Jose Ramirez: From the Community to the Canvas is the third art show of 2003, curated by Terrell Tilford and the Tilford Art Group, for the art-collecting public of Los Angeles. The exhibit and sale will be held at The Tilford Art Group H.O.M.E. / Gallery, 1746 S. Mansfield Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019, located one block west of La Brea, between Venice & Washington Blvd. The show runs until October 19.

From the Community to the Canvas showcases the extraordinary work of local Chicano artist Jose Ramirez, and selected works by Harlem artist Calida Garcia. Combining references to both history and culture, Ramirez?s paintings provide a context for understanding many of the contemporary issues that we face in society today.

Influenced by German Expressionists as well as painters such as Van Gogh, Picasso and the Mexican masters Siqueiros and Rivera, Ramirez?s paintings reflect his education, personal experiences, and Chicano culture. The often chaotic and contrasting colors in his work invite stylizations and abstractions that redefine reality, and content that illuminates and speaks with the world in which we live.

Artist, teacher and muralist, Jose Ramirez, was born and lives in East Los Angeles. His 10 years of experience in education has allowed him to work in communities such as South and East L.A., and the Pico-Union neighborhoods. Ramirez holds a teaching credential from CSULA and a BFA and MFA from UC Berkeley.

His work has taken him around the world to places that include New York, Japan, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Mexico. He has worked with LACMA, The Natural History Museum, PBS Television, KPFK Radio, the Japanese American National Museum, LAUSD and Self-Help Graphics.

Jose has been working on two children?s books for Arte Publico Press (Houston), a mural at Esperanza Elementary (LAUSD) and another in White Memorial Hospital(East LA), and has exhibited in the Bridge Gallery in City Hall (Los Angeles), the California African American Museum, and the Japanese American National Museum. This year, he has completed commissions for The Annie E. Casie Foundation (Baltimore), Bread and Roses (New York), the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (Los Angeles).

"My paintings combine references to history and culture to provide a context for understanding the contemporary issues we face." writes Ramirez. "I try to comment on these struggles while visualizing the hopes and dreams of our community. I want my artwork to speak a language that is easy to access. Like most Chicano art, my paintings are proactive and assume the responsibility of documenting history and inspiring love. I hope always to remember that I started painting to understand myself and the world I live in. My paintings have chaotic and contrasting colors that invite, stylizations and abstractions that redefine reality, and content that illuminates and speaks with the world we live in.

Earlier this year, Ramirez?s work was part of the debut show for Tilford Art Group. This show also included works by artists D. Channsin Berry, Bryan L. Tilford, Olivier Van Zeveren and Terrell Tilford. . The overwhelming public response to the show helps to solidify Tilford Art Group as a respected and supported mainstay in the art community of Los Angeles.

A portion of the proceeds from Jose Ramirez: From the Community to the Canvas will be donated to Self-Help Graphics & Arts? S.O.Y. Artista- Summer of Youth, a nonprofit program that pairs local professional artists with youth in the East Los Angeles community, teaching them various techniques in the art of printmaking.

For more information:

Reggie Coleman, Publicity / Educational Development
BUS: 323.935.7397
CELL: 323.253.1076

Kids and Parents? Day: Saturday, 4th of October 2003, 11am-3pm

Closing Reception: Sunday, 19th of October 2003, 2-6pm

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