Sep 23 - Sep 26, 2020
Art Basel OVR:2020
Sep 23 - Sep 26, 2020
Press release for exhibition Art Basel OVR:2020
P·P·O·W is pleased to present new paintings by Ramiro Gomez. Born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California to undocumented Mexican immigrants who have since become US citizens, Gomez has built a multifaceted career that brings America’s essential workforce to the forefront of our visual culture. Putting this vital labor in dialogue with immigration control and the increasing criminalization of border-crossing, Gomez’s recent work pays homage to the people who keep working amidst the increasing pressures of contemporary life at this critical impasse.
Gomez’s work is grounded in the ephemeral. In a new series of paintings, Gomez responds, as always, to his lived environment. Walking the streets of his Los Angeles neighborhood, Gomez employs traditional documentarian tactics with his iPhone camera to represent domestic laborers, healthcare workers, landscapers, and custodial teams. Such photographs become the source material of his paintings, which are impressionistic and, at times, fantastical and surreal.
In a culture bombarded with constant visual information from the media, works such as On Sweetzer Ave, 2020, provide a visual respite and an opportunity to contemplate our assumptions about “everyday life”. This series also intertwines the evolution of Gomez’s sexuality and gender identity by depicting the famous gay club The Abbey.
Ramiro Gomez briefly attended the California Institute for the Arts before leaving to work as a live-in nanny with a West Hollywood family. Informed by his childhood and his early-adult occupation, Gomez has garnered critical acclaim for his work, which is represented in significant museum collections throughout the United States.
He has been exhibited at LACMA, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Denver Art Museum, the MFA Houston, the MFA Boston, the Blanton Museum of Art, and many other institutions. Gomez’s work has been reviewed and discussed in the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, CNN, National Public Radio, CARLA, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, the LA Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, and Hyperallergic. His work is in the collections of LACMA, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the MFA Houston, the MFA Boston, the Denver Art Museum, the MCA San Diego, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Crocker Art Museum, the Nerman Museum, and the Museum of Latin American Art.