Sandra Pérez-Ramos is a contemporary artist, lover of all things design and avid collector of textiles from around the globe. Fabrics are present in her work as media or as inspiration. The patterns on folk art and handmade fabrics influenced her latest paintings/illustrations exploring festive, whimsical, light-hearted themes. She fills her images with hundreds of tiny, stitch-like dots or lines using inks, gouache and watercolor pen. The artist’s body of works also includes abstract fiber arts and mixed media, combining photography, photo transfer, hand sewing, hand embroidery and sometimes text, with strict emphasis on the materials and the process. Themes explored in this series, range from pure form to language, cultural clash and the environment.
Pérez-Ramos majored in visual communications. In 1998 she earned a BA from the School of Communications at the University of Puerto Rico, concentrating on design, silkscreen printing and photography under the mentorship of renowned Caribbean artist Nelson Sambolin and art photographer Paloma Todd. She continued independent studies in fiber techniques, painting, sculpture and clay in La Escuela de Bellos Oficios in Río Piedras, PR, in La Liga de Estudiantes de Arte de San Juan, PR, in The Art League in Alexandria, VA and in VisArts- Metropolitan Center for the Arts in Rockville, MD.
Her art career spans a 22 year period, during which her work has been awarded and juried into exhibitions throughout the US, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Her pieces have been well received by individual collectors and acquired for larger, private collections, such as the Marie Reed Project for Community of Hope in Washington, DC, also for Kensington, MD’s Town Hall by Mayor Tracey Furman and Artists & Makers Studios’ collection in Rockville, MD. She has worked in the creative field, teaching drawing, experimental arts, design and basic photography to high school students, also as main designer/labor coordinator for an interior design company. She was certified by Instituto de Cultura and Fomento Economico of PR, this enabled her to create functional art pieces and participate in juried arts and fine craft fairs around the island. Before relocating to the US, she founded Republica Kachibache in Old San Juan, a bazaar focusing on local arts, curated, vintage objects, furniture and fashion.
Perez-Ramos has actively volunteered in the DC Metro arts community, advocating for Latinx artists in the area and working in art committees and co-op galleries around the region. Recent past roles include:
(2014-2018) Membership Committee Chair of Montgomery Art Association in Maryland, (2015-2017) Co-founder, Vice President and Media Coordinator of The Latino Art League of Greater Washington, DC, (2017) Latinx artist representative at the Organizing Committee of Wheaton Arts Parade in Wheaton, MD, (2017-2018) Social Media Coordinator and resident artist at Gallery 209 in Artists & Makers Studios 2 in Rockville, MD.
She is the proud mother of three and currently lives and works in the DC Metro area.
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