Ramirez’s rural upbringing in the Dominican Republic, his first encounters with catholic imagery, his deep interest in sources as varied as Italian mannerists, baroque interiors, and children’s illustrations reverberate within and around the fictional characters that he create. These heavily stylized beings are combined with flat acrylic grounds and oil pastel line drawings, and surrounded or outfitted with fabric, wallpaper and knives. If each figure appears to be inserted into a changing theatre of symbolic surroundings and backdrops, it is the artist’s technique that renders this possible. Just as elements that will eventually make their way into his works are found throughout the artist’s studio, multiple bodies on paper are being worked out and developed separately in oil stick and colored pencil. These are ultimately adhered onto the prepared panels and combined with various symbols and appendages around and upon them.
Bony Ramirez’s work has been shown most recently in solo exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg, New York, and in group exhibitions at Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles, Company Gallery New York, and Deitch Projects, Los Angeles.
Born in Tenares, Dominican Republic, 1996
Lives and works in Perth Amboy, USA
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