About the artist:
Sandra Pérez-Ramos is an awarded, Puerto Rican artist and community art leader working in the DC/MD area. She co-founded and/or served in multiple leadership roles in Wheaton Arts Parade, Montgomery Art Association and The Latino Art League of Greater Washington, DC. She's currently a Resident Artist at Gallery 209 in Artists & Makers Studios in MD, where she exhibits monthly. Her body of work includes drawing, illustration, assemblage, fiber arts, murals and public art. She understands the power of art and placemaking in communities and her intention is to create uplifting works that encourage healing, inspire connection and celebrate diversity. Her design, "The Gathering Tree", was awarded the 2022 Public Art Project Implementation Grant by Maryland State Arts Council. It will be completed by 2023 and will be located at the Glenmont Forest Neighborhood Park in Silver spring, MD.

Pérez-Ramos believes in the concept of "collective unconscious". She researches patterns and symbols in folk arts across cultures, looking for common elements and mystical and natural connections. The repetitition of dots and lines, drawn, knotted or sewn are an important ritual throughout her works. Her drawings are elaborate with vibrant narratives that mix retro design with modern aesthetics. Her fiber artworks explore personal and political themes, sometimes with soft humor and kitsch. Some of her themes are cultural clash, language mix as a way of survival in the diaspora, magical thinking/synchretism and the environment.

Art Critic Lennox Campello described her work in an article for 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.” The founder of The Art & Walkability Project in Silver Spring, MD, Margaret Rifkin, described her work: “Her art is for everyone...one of the most democratic ways to bring beauty to the body politic, both the marginalized and mainstream”. In 2020, Pérez-Ramos was commissioned to design the commemorative poster for Hispanic Heritage Month by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission/ PG County Parks and Recreation. Her work is part of permanent collections, acquired by the Children's National Hospital and the Marie Reed Project for Community Of Hope, both in Washington, DC. Also, by Mayor Tracey Furman for the Town Hall in Kensington, MD and by Artists & Makers Studios, arts center complex in Rockville, MD. 

Other 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 Wheaton, MD.
▪️“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.
In recent years, she served in multiple leadership roles within local art organizations, including Montgomery Art Association, as Membership Committee Chair, Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival, as leader of the Wheaton Area Latinx Artists, head of the Tableaux Vivant group for the parade and Exhibition Installation Manager of their art co-op, WAP Gallery. She was also the co-founder and media coordinator of the former Latino Art League of Greater Washington, DC. 

Sandra Pérez-Ramos' latest interview by Patricia Zannie for Gallery 209 /Artists & Makers Studios:
*For the complete list of affiliations, awards, juried exhibitions visit the Curriculum Vitae tab.