Sandra Pérez-Ramosis a Puerto Rican visual artist and community art leader working, exhibiting and creating public art in the
Washington, DC metro area. She is a Resident Artist in Gallery 209, affiliated with Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland.
Her body of work includes drawings, fiber arts, installation, murals and public art. She believes in the concept of "collective unconscious", reason why interconnection is a recurring theme in
her work. She is inspired by retro design, folk arts, traditional textiles and ancient symbols. Her fiber works explore cultural clash, language mix, magic and syncretism. Her drawings and public
art combine naïf style with contemporary aesthetics. The repetition of dots and lines, drawn, knotted or sewn, are an essential ritual throughout her body of work. Art Critic Lennox Campello, described her work 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.”
Sandra works as Visual Arts Assistant for Prince Georges' County Deparment of Parks and Recreation in Maryland, where she designs and installs exhibitions that
highlight local artists. She also serves as cultural liaison for the Hispanic Heritage Month art programs. She has served in multiple leadership roles within regional art organizations, where she
focused on membership outreach as well as on inclusion of Latin and diverse creatives. Some of these past roles were: Co-founder of The Latino Art League of Greater Washington DC's (*first)
chapter, Membership Committee Chair for Montgomery Art Association, leader of the Wheaton Area Latinx Artists
for WAP, leader of the Tableaux Vivant groups for Wheaton Arts Parade, Social Media Coordinator for Artists On Market and Gallery 209,Exhibition Installation
Manager for Wheaton Arts Parade's (*former two) gallery spaces inside Westfield Wheaton Mall.
When it comes to public art, she understands the power of design and placemaking. Her intention is to create uplifting works
that transform communities, encourage healing, inspire connection and celebrate diverse cultures. Margaret Rifkin, Founder of The Art & Walkability Project in Silver Spring, MD, 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”.
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 temporary mural for the Pike District at the Bethesda Trolley Trailhead. Her work has been exhibited in Solo and collective exhibitions throughout the US
and Puerto Rico and acquired by the Children's National Hospital, the Marie Reed Project for Community of Hope (both in Washington, DC), by by Mayor Tracey Furman (for the Town Hall in
Kensington, MD) and by others for their permanent collections. Her design, The Gathering Tree for Glenmont Forest Neighborhood Park in Silver Spring, MD, a collaboration with artist Stuart
Diekmeyer, received two Public Art Project Implementation Grants from Maryland State Arts Council, through GFN Civic Association. It is located at 12220 Georgia Ave, Glenmont-Wheaton,
Additional public art awards include:
▪️“Hope Tree” - Mural /banner for the #ArtHappensHere Public Art Project by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Currently for 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 was temporarily located at 4th St &
Butternut St in the Takoma, DC neighborhood. Then purchased by the Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC for its 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 theCurriculum Vitaetab.
(Photo above: Sandra Pérez-Ramos completing one of 2 murals for 2Fifty's in Riverdale, MD).