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Lot 39

Chuck Ramirez (U.S. / 1962-2010)

Brooms: Bleached Lilac, 2007

Photograph inkjet print, Canson paper, printed in 2015, Edition 2/6
24 1/2 x 20 inches (62 x 51 cm), signed certificate and embossed sticker

Courtesy of Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX

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Artist Bio

Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010), one of San Antonio, Texas’ most beloved artists, was a major force in the city’s art community before his untimely death in a 2010 cycling accident. As an artist and graphic designer, Ramirez employed the visual and conceptual techniques found in contemporary advertising and package design, isolating and recontextualizing familiar objects to explore cultural identity, mortality, and consumerism through his photographs and installations. In 2012, the Smithsonian American Art Museum purchased Ramirez’s limited edition large-format photograph Breakfast Tacos (2003, printed 2012) from the series Seven Days for its permanent collection. The work was included in the museum’s traveling exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (2013). Ramirez’s work had been shown extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe, appearing in solo and group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; ARCO MADRID Feria internacional de Arte Contemporáneo; Centro de la Imagen and Galerie Lamm, Mexico City; Galerie Khadrberlin, Berlin; Center for Visual Art, Denver; Austin Museum of Art—Arthouse at Laguna Gloria, Texas; INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts), Milwaukee; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas; and the Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York. His photographs are a part of important collections around the world, including those of the San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.
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