Sandra Pérez-Ramos is a contemporary artist, lover of all things design. The patterns found on folk art and handmade textiles influenced her narrative illustrations and designs. She uses water based pigment inks, acrylic and watercolor pens on watercolor paper. The artist’s body of works also includes fiber arts and mixed media with an emphasis on repurposed materials, ritual and repetition. Themes here range from pure form to cultural clash, magical thinking and the environment.
Pérez-Ramos was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She majored in Visual Arts for Public Communications, earning a BA from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She majored in design, silkscreen printmaking and photography under the mentorship of renowned artist Nelson Sambolin and Paloma Todd. She continued independent studies in fiber techniques, painting and clay sculpture in La Escuela de Bellos Oficios in Río Piedras, PR, La Liga de Estudiantes de Arte de San Juan, PR, The Art League in Alexandria, VA and in VisArts/ Metropolitan Center for the Arts in Rockville, MD.
She was recently commissioned to design the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Celebration Poster by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Her work has been awarded and juried into exhibitions throughout the US and Puerto Rico. 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 for Artists & Makers Studios’ collection in Rockville, MD.
Pérez-Ramos has always worked in creative fields, teaching drawing, experimental arts, design and basic photography to high school students in PR or as visual stylist or designer and labor coordinator for interior design in DC. She was certified by Instituto de Cultura and Fomento Económico of PR, this enabled her to exhibit and sell her work in juried fine arts and craft fairs while living in the island. Before relocating to the US, she founded República Kachibache in Old San Juan, an environmentally friendly bazaar, focusing on curated vintage objects, vintage fashion, second hand furniture and local arts.
Pérez-Ramos volunteers 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 and past roles include:
2019- present Art Exhibit Installation Lead at Wheaton Arts Parade Gallery in Westfield Wheaton Mall, MD.
2014-2018 Membership Committee Chair of Montgomery Art Association in Maryland. Member since 2013.
2015-2017 Co-founder, *Former Member, *Former Vice President and Media Coordinator of The Latino Art League of Greater Washington, DC.
2017-2019 Latinx artists' lead at 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.
To purchase her art and for commission inquiries, contact:
@art.sandraperezramos on Instagram
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