Armando Ramos is not your typical artist. His work ranges from Rube-Goldberg-looking architectural jumbles, to simple wooden portraitures of parrots, to model horses wound up in a circumscribing thread of string. If viewers are looking at Ramos’ art with an air of seriousness, though, they are misunderstanding his intention: “My art practice is intended as a playful counterpoint to the darker images and ideas that inundate us through mass culture. I use irony and humor to evoke a sense of parody in my work,” writes Ramos on his website. His pieces more than back up his point, for his works plainly satirize cultural, media and religious elements—Ramos even satirizes grammar with the titles of his art forms.
Ramos completed his graduate studies at Montana State University. From there, he 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 has recently been awarded the Individual Artist Grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. His work has been shown from California to Illinois and everywhere in between.
Now an assistant professor at SBCC, Ramos is prepared to host an exhibition and artist talk for the Santa Barbara area. Presented in coordination with the Office of Loss Control Exhibition at the Atkinson Gallery, Ramos’ free presentation is March 8 in SBCC’s Physical Science Building, Room 101 (721 Cliff Dr.) at 4:30 p.m.