Mel Ramos – From Comics to Candies
Until the end of March 2022, the HAAS & GSCHWANDTNER Gallery is dedicating a survey show to the Californian pop artist Mel Ramos. In addition to numerous lithographs, three light boxes, a drawing and a watercolor painting are special highlights in the exhibition.
We are all familiar with the consumer goods that Mel Ramos combines in his works with self-confidently posing naked women, with immaculately shiny skin and flowing long hair: the Coca-Cola bottle that has become a design icon, a Snickers packaging, or an oversized Cohiba, for example. Ramos sought the models for his nudes from pin-up magazines, illustrated magazines or lifestyle magazines. His unmistakable formal language made him one of the most important representatives of Pop Art.
Mel Ramos (*1935, Sacramento, USA - † 2018 Oakland, USA) studied art at Sacramento State College, USA, and was a student of the well-known US artist Wayne Thiebaud (*1920, Mesa , USA - † 2021, Sacramento, USA). In the 1960s he devoted himself to the theme of comic book heroines and the depiction of pin-up girls in combination with goods of the advertising industry.