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Kind Regards

armando ramos's avatar armando ramos

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. As an artist, I am interested in the manipulation of images from everyday life and popular culture and how this visual information can be redirected and give life to my creations. 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. The found image allows me to connect with my viewers immediately as well allow them to place their own associations within the work. I seek to emphasize the intricacies of everyday life, which allow us to relate to each other while stirring a sense of the odd or unique that thrives in every one of us. The core of my work lies in the stories of the characters I explore and how they act as placeholders for a time that can no longer be attained, one that takes us back to a time of playfulness and naiveté in our ideas about the world.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 30"
  • Medium: ceramic
  • Width: 37"
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 52"