Mel Ramos (1935-)
Mel Ramos is recognized as one of the quintessential Pop Artists of the 1960s and along with Warhol and Lichtenstein, has produced images that celebrate different aspects of popular culture.
Ramos' most popular work has its roots in nude and pin up art. Beginning in 1962, female characters featured among some of his paintings and they became his primary subject in the following year. After he painted Senorita Rio in 1963, he began to rely on images of stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. He frequently uses anonymous women displayed in suggestive poses, reminiscent of Playboy bunny nudes, to parody contemporary consumer culture.
Currently, Mel Ramos lives and works in California and enjoys a strong and ever expanding market for his works.