Mel Ramos | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books
Mel Ramos (Sacramento, 24 July 1935 - Oakland, 14 October 2018) was an American artist. He can be considered one of the last exponents of Pop Art, even if the irony of his works, for some critics, places him outside the artistic category. Although primarily a figurative painter, Mel Ramos has experienced both realist and abstract art. Some of his works embody both styles. He is acclaimed by critics as an ironic and irreverent experimenter. Its main theme, however common to other members of the pop movement, is the critique of consumerism, using and exasperating the language and technique of comics.
Mel Ramos received his first important recognition in the early sixties; since 1959 he has participated in over 120 group exhibitions. Along with other artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist, Ramos has produced works of art that celebrate aspects of popular culture, as represented by the mass media. He has participated in the main Pop Art exhibitions, both in North America and in Europe and his works have been reproduced, often often for their irony, in books, catalogs, periodicals.