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Drawing on his immediate urban environment, certain pockets of art history, and Post-Fordist philosophy, Edgar Ramirez is an atypical painter. The subject matter of his work is inspired by the anonymous signs– We Buy Houses, Fix Your Credit, etc– that parasitically populate low-income neighborhoods all over Los Angeles, as well as America. Appropriating the look and language of these predatory signs, he paints them in a multitude of colors on cardboard and then subjects them to a process of aggressive subtraction which seems to exist somewhere between classical décollage and urban decay. The resultant images are variously reminiscent of Nouveau Realism, the work of Los Angeles native, Mark Bradford and Abstract Expressionism. However, differing from his forebears, the exploitative specificity of the subject matter directly informs the formal decisions that Ramirez makes. The subtractive aspect of the work becomes analogous to the negativity of debt as a positive ontological feature of the contemporary human subject. You are by virtue not of what you have, but by what you don’t have, or rather, owe. By a similar twist of negative logic, these paintings could also be situated within a landscape tradition through their invocation of the harried urban fabric from which they issue. To Clyfford Still’s vast romantic conjurations of the American west, Ramirez responds with a symbolic horizon which is altogether more damaged, anarchic and violent. For all their riotous energy, these paintings respond to a landscape that arguably takes more than it gives. Nevertheless, the palpable texture, richness and color of Ramirez’s paintings are characterized by a strident and explosive beauty, as if in protest, and in spite of everything.

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(b. 1989, Los Angeles, California; lives and works in Los Angeles.)

He received his MFA from ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, in 2020, and his BFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles in 2018. His work has been featured in solo, two-person and group exhibitions most recently a solo presentation at Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles (2023 and 2022), François Ghebaly, Los Angeles (2023), Lisson Gallery, New York (2023) Long Beach Museum of Art (2023) The Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2022), Show Gallery, as part of his residency at Quinn Emanuel Artists-in-Residence, Los Angeles (2022), as well as a solo presentation at NADA, Miami with Chris Sharp Gallery (2021) and Frieze Los Angeles with Chris Sharp Gallery (2023).

Edgar Ramirez


b. 1989, Los Angeles, CA

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA



2020  MFA, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA

2018  BFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA


Solo Exhibitions


2024  From the Rail to the Water, Meliksetian and Briggs, Dallas, TX

2023  Smoky Hollow, Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2022  I've Been Dreamin' Too Long, Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2020  Terminal Island, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA


Group Exhibitions

2024   Signal to Noise, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Michael Slenske

2023   Strong Winds Ahead, François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Lekha Jandhyala

2023   Distribuidx, Lisson Gallery, New York, NY curated by César García-Alvarez

2023   Color Fields, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, curated by Paul Loya

2022   Rostro, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Ever Velasquez

          Aqux, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA organized by TMR and curated by César García-                    Alvarez

2022  Quinn Emanuel Artists-in-Residence, Show Gallery, Los Angeles, CA curated by Alexis Hyde

2021  Dark Waters, exhibition benefiting the Better Watts Initiative, curated by Lauren Halsey, AJ                       Girard, and Tea Vickers, Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Los Angeles, CA 

2020  Fell for Everything, ArtCenter DTLA, Los Angeles, CA

2018  In the Shadow of the Boss, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2017  Wilderness as Myth and Metaphor, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA

Awards, Residencies, and Art Fairs


2023  Frieze, Los Angeles 

2023  Los Angeles Lakers In The Paint Contributing Artist

2022  Inaugural, Los Angeles Lakers In The Paint Grantee  

2021  NADA, Miami, Chris Sharp Gallery

2021  Inaugural, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan's Artist-in-Residence program


2024  02/01, Refusing Identification, Not Identity: Contemporary Positions in Abstraction

2023  04/03, Graduate Art alum Edgar Ramirez, ArtCenter Dot Magazine

2023  02/24, Reportage dalla più grande edizione di Frieze a Los Angeles - Elle Decor

2023  02/24, What We Saw at Frieze Week Los Angeles 2023 - Scout

2023  02/23, Frieze LA 2023 — Flipping through my look book - Artillery

2023  02/22, Frieze LA secures city’s status as an art market destination- Financial Times

2023  02/18, City of Santa Monica acquires Edgar Ramirez painting from Frieze Los Angeles - The Art               Newspaper

2023  02/18, Work by Edgar Ramirez Acquired by The City of Santa Monica Art Bank Collection at                     Frieze Los Angeles 2023 - Frieze

2023  02/17, Tamales, Celebs, and Hungry Collectors at Frieze LA - Hyperallergic

2023  02/17, Seven Artists Making Waves in Frieze LA’s Focus Section - Cultured

2023  02/16, Expanding Its Purview and Size, Frieze LA’s Focus Section Goes Big on ‘Fresh Ideas’                    - ARTnews

2023  02/16, The Best Booths at Frieze LA 2023 - ARTnews

2023  02/08, Frieze LA: Guide to 2023 art festival - Los Angeles Times

2023  02/03, LA's Ambitious New Galleries to Visit During Frieze - Cultured

2023  01/27, Meet Me In Los Angeles:Edgar Ramirez, Frieze

2023  Frieze, 10 Emerging Artists to Watch at Frieze Los Angeles 2023

2022  07/11 Art Viewer

2022  06/30 Hyperallergic 

2021  NY Times

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