Sandra Pérez-Ramos is a Puerto Rican visual artist and community art leader working in the Washington DC metro area. She is
a Resident Artist in Gallery 209, affiliated with Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland.
She has served multiple leadership roles in art non-profits in the region. She was the Membership Committee Chair for Montgomery Art Association, Co-founder of
The Latino Art League's first chapter, Head of the Wheaton area Latinx artists, leader of the Tableaux Vivant group for Wheaton Arts Parade and Exhibition Installation Manager in Wheaton Arts Parade's first two co-op galleries inside Westfield Wheaton Mall.
Her body of work includes drawings, fiber arts, mixed media, murals and public art. She believes in the concept of "collective unconscious" and is inspired by folk arts, traditional textiles and common, overlapping symbols
that show mystical and natural connections across cultures. Her drawings are elaborate with whimsical
narratives, mixing retro with contemporary aesthetics. Her fiber works explore cultural clash, language mix, magical
thinking and synchretism. The repetitition of dots and lines, drawn, knotted or sewn, are an important ritual
throughout her works.
Art Critic Lennox Campello described her art in the Alexandria Old Town Crier: "Pérez-Ramos channels her Caribbean upbringing in her accomplished works. Her artistic pedigree is evident in her gifted use of color and form to deliver highly stylized imagery,
which over the years has grown into one of the hardest achievements in the art world: a completely distinct style and ritual.”
Founder of The Art & Walkability Project in Silver Spring, MD, Margaret Rifkin, says: “Pérez-Ramos' art is for everyone...one of the most democratic ways to
bring beauty to the body politic, both the marginalized and mainstream”. When it comes to public art, she understands the power of design and placemaking
in communities. Her intention is to create uplifting works and spaces that encourage healing, inspire connection and celebrate diversity
Maryland State Arts Council awarded the 2022 Public Art Project Implementation Grant to "The Gathering Tree", her design for Glenmont Forest Neighborhood Park in Silver Spring, MD. This art collaboration will be
completed by 2023, with Stuart Diekmeyer overseeing structural design and Howard Connelly in charge of fabrication. The community will be included in the
creation of the ground murals that complement the design.
In 2020, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
selected Pérez-Ramos to design Prince George County's commemorative poster for its Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. In 2021, The Better Block
Foundation commissioned her to design a mural for the Pike District at the Bethesda Trolley Trailhead. Her work has been acquired by the Children's National Hospital and the Marie Reed Project
for Community of Hope, both in Washington, DC, by Mayor Tracey Furman, for the Town Hall in Kensington, MD and by others for their permanent collections.
Additional juried public art awards include:
▪️“Hope Tree” - Mural /banner for the #ArtHappensHere Public Art Project by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Currently installed at Woodside
Urban Park in Downtown Silver Spring, MD.
▪️“Celebration” - Painted sculpture for Art in Bloom Public Art installation by the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 in Washington, DC. Her sculpture is currently located at 4th St &
Butternut St in the Takoma, DC neighborhood. Purchased by the Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC for tis permanent collection.
▪️“Roots/Raíces” -50 ft Mural for Wheaton Gateway LLC Art Project (Wilco, Duffie Co. and Montgomery County Housing) currently on the intersection between University Blvd and Veirs Mill Rd in
▪️“The Lunatics” -Painted sculpture for Path of Pyramids, a traveling public art installation by Wheaton Arts Parade. It started in Wheaton, MD, then it was exhibited at In (Site) Project Gallery
in VisArts, Rockville, MD, at Sandy Spring Museum, MD and is currently at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
*For the complete list of affiliations, awards, solo and juried exhibitions visit the Curriculum Vitae tab.