GUSTAVO RAMOS (b. 1993 Brazil) is quickly becoming a prominent and sought-after oil painter in the realm of portraiture. His work has been exhibited in world class venues, including the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and Sotheby's in New York City.

Featured in Southwest Art Magazine's "Artist to Watch: The Editor's Choice for Up-and-Coming Talent"

         AS A YOUNG boy growing up in Brazil, Gustavo Ramos loved to draw, but a fine-art career wasn’t even a notion in his mind. Then, when he was 15, Ramos moved with his family to the United States. The change was startling for the teenager, who didn’t know any English when he arrived at his new high school in Arizona. “I had to depend a lot on observing body language when trying to communicate” Ramos recalls now, a decade later.

           It proved to be a seminal time for the budding artist, whose careful observations of people’s expressions, gesticulations, and postures motivated him to depict the figure in pencil. “It gave me an edge in depicting those subtle bodily gestures that help tell a story,” he says. Determined to paint like the old masters, Ramos exclusively worked from life during his training. Now, when using reference photographs he has taken of his models, says Ramos, “I can conceptualize form. I’m able to look at the flat surface of a painting and picture space inside that surface.”

           At 26, the Phoenix-area artist is already snapping up top accolades for his sensitive, contemporary portrayals of the figure in oil. In works like INFINITY—a painting starring his wife that touches on the mystery of life after death and the concept of eternity—he has been exploring storytelling techniques that convey more than just someone’s likeness. For guidance, he often studies Rembrandt van Rijn’s evocative portraits. “Rembrandt created the sense of a real person who had real experiences,” says Ramos. “That’s something I try to do with my work.” —Kim Agricola

Southwest Art, March/April 2020 issue

EDUCATION

Southern Virginia University | BA 2017


AWARDS

2019

  • Year of Rembrandt International Contest, Royal Talens - Winner
  • Artist's Magazine Annual Competition - Top 10 Finalist
  • Artistic Excellence, Southwest Art Magazine - Runner-Up
  • Art Renewal Center Salon - Staff Award
  • ARC Featured Artist Award - Springville Museum of Art
  • Portrait Society of America International Competition - Select 50

2018

  • James C. Christensen Scholarship
  • The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Fine Art Award

2017

  • Manifest Gallery, International Drawing Annual - Finalist
  • The Florence Academy of Art Summer Scholarship
  • The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Fine Art Award
  • Southern Virginia University Annual Art Show – Best of Show

2016

  • The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Fine Art Award
  • 1st Place – Greater Arizona Winston Visual Art Competition
  • Meridyth M. Kidd Memorial Arts Scholarship
  • SVU's "The Review" Literary Journal - First Place Artwork Award


PRESS

2020

  • "Artists Making Their Mark: Three to Watch" Fine Art Connoisseur - September/October
  • "Artist to Watch: The Editor's Choice for Up-and-Coming Talent" Southwest Art - March/April
  • The Best of Drawing, Front Cover - Winter 2020 Issue
  • Royal Talens 2020 Calendrier des Papiers

2018

  • Southwest Art Magazine – 21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch –September
  • The Artist’s Magazine – Shades of Gray Competition – May
  • International Drawing Annual INDA12 - Manifest
  • Poets and Artists Magazine – Figurative Realism – 100th Issue
  • The Circle Foundation – Quarterly Art Review – Spring Issue
  • ARTIT Magazine – Issue #3 Front Cover

2016

  • FSTOP Feature Article - "Gustavo Ramos - Drawing Human Narratives"
  • Southern Virginia University - "Student to Exhibit Artwork at Lexington's Nelson Gallery"
  • Southern Virginia University - "Gustavo Ramos Awarded 2017 Stacey Scholarship"
  • SVU's "The Review" Literary Journal - Front Cover


EXHIBITIONS

2020

  • FOUND:RE Contemporary - Portraits and Icons
  • Springville Museum of Art - ARC Featured Artist
  • Rijksmuseum - Royal Talens Year of Rembrandt
  • Sotheby’s NYC - ARC Salon

2019

  • Collins Galleries - Small Works
  • MEAM European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona ES - ARC Salon
  • Springville Museum of Art, Springville UT - Spring Salon

2017

  • Southern Virginia University, Buena Vista VA - Senior Art Show
  • Nelson Gallery, Lexington VA - Portraits
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