Ramirez was born in Mexico and somewhere in the 1920’s left his wife and children and came to California looking for work. (This is NOT a new story…just sayin’) After a diagnosis of ‘manic depression’ he was sent to a mental hospital in California where his art making really began. He was totally self taught. Hispieces are really large-3 by 4 feet sometimes. He died in the 1960’s having only a nephew as a visitor…and a family member who worked hard on his uncle’s behalf.
This work bears some close attention. Look at the first one…are those Volkswagen Buses or perhaps R2D2s? The pieces are all done with pencil and colored pencil…sometimes a bit of collage.