About the Artist

     Gustavo Ramos (b. 1993 Paraná, Brazil) is a three-time recipient of the Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship. His work has been featured in several magazines, including The Artist’s Magazine, International Drawing Annual, and Southwest Art which named him a "Young Artist to Watch." Ramos currently resides and maintains a studio in Salt Lake City.

Artist Statement
​     My representational oil paintings juxtapose modernist design and the classically-oriented figure. Although my technique is based on the methods of the Renaissance masters, the manner in which I create space is more akin to the aesthetics of modernists like Hopper, de Chirico and Morandi. The overall design in my work is influenced by Color Field painters such as Rothko,in a similar attempt to evoke emotion through vibrant spaces and edges. But in contrast, I intend for a narrative to emerge first in the quiet and often conflicted gaze of the figure. 

     My interest in the human form arises from my experiences as a Brazilian immigrant moving to the United States with no English fluency. This non-verbal period refined my sensitivity to the subtleties of facial and other physical expressions, which now aid me in my practice as a way to explore emotion and depict the figure not as decorations, but rather as agents in their own story. I intend for my work to have a timeless feel to it by using a time-tested approach, while having contemporary relevance by responding to modern visual trends.

Awards and Honors


2019

Art Renewal Center Salon - Finalist

Portrait Society of America International Competition - Select 50 Award​

2018   

ARTIT Autumn 2018 Issue – Front Cover

21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch, Southwest Art Magazine

James C. Christensen Scholarship - Vision on the Arts Fund

Finalist - Strokes of Genius 11 Finding Beauty

The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Fine Art Award

Finalist - Art Renewal Center Salon

2017        

Honorable Mention -The Artist's Magazine, 6th Shades of Grey competition

Finalist - Manifest Gallery, International Drawing Annual

3rd Place – The Florence Academy of Art Summer Scholarship

The John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Foundation Fine Art Award

Best Of Show –Southern Virginia University Annual Art 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

 

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