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Mel Ramos

A California artist whose work reflects a variety of styles from Pop Art* to Surrealism*, Mel Ramos painted pretty, sexy women as pinups or trophies as well highly realistic, almost trompe l'oeil* landscapes.  A typical example of his Pop style was Chiquita, oil on canvas, 1964.

At the height of modernism in the 1950s, when figuration almost died out across America, he and other California artists kept it alive during the 1960s.  Portraiture was essentially dead at that time, and although nudes were occasionally painted, they were no longer idealized.  With society's increased openness about sex, nudes became erotic and almost pornographic.

Mel Ramos was born in Sacramento and attended Sacramento City Co  ...  Displaying 750 of 13535 characters.

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About  Mel Ramos

Born:  1935 - Sacramento, California
Known for:  super flashy nude, pop icon painting