Mel Ramos – Coco Cookie

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Mel Ramos – Coco Cookie


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Artist: Mel Ramos

Title: Coco Cookie

Year: 2015

Size: 23 cm x 16 cm (9 inch x 6 inch)

Medium: Colour Lithography

Edition: 499

Lieferzeit: 2 Wochen

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Mel Ramos – Coco Cookie

Mel Ramos was an American artist known mainly for his provocative paintings and prints inspired by pop art and pin-up styles. Ramos mixed the images of idealized naked women with popular objects such as Coca-Cola bottles and film posters. His style is based on the sensuality typical of Playboy. Ramos’ paintings are based on surrealism and absurd connections between independent objects.

Early Career:

Mel Ramos was born in 1935 in Sacramento, to a Portuguese-Azorean immigrant family. He was a figurative painter specializing in the production of female nudes. Although his work is clearly figurative, it also includes various elements of abstract art. Mel Ramos began to gain popularity during the expansion of the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. At that time, he mainly created images of popular superheroes and gradually began to incorporate female nudes from bizarre objects such as corn stems, bananas, candy wrappers, martini glasses or famous cigar and cigarette brands such as Havana. In pieces such as Butterfinger from 1995 and Miss Lucky Lulu from 1965, Ramos combined youthful, ironically perfect female bodies with American chocolate bars, cigarettes, and other branded items.

When it came to his education and academic career, Ramos went to Sacramento Junior College and San Jose State College. One of his art teachers and mentors was the famous Wayne Thiebaud. His work had a strong influence on Mel Ramos. The artist graduated in 1958 and received his B.A. and M.A. from Sacramento State College. From 1958 to 1966 he was a teacher himself and taught art courses at Elk Grove High School. Ramos began a career at California State University that greatly enhanced his biography.


Mel Ramos began to gain recognition in the early 1970s and has taken part in around 120 group exhibitions to date. Along with legendary pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Ramos was one of the first artist personalities to base his painting on the pictures from comics. Moreover, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Ramos exhibited their pieces together at the Los Angeles County Museum in 1963. Mel Ramos’ works have been shown in many major exhibitions of pop art in the United States and Europe. In the 1960s, he began to use pin-up girl motifs much more frequently, contributing to his fame and popularity. In short, Mel Ramos’ art is an ironic response to the clichés we often see in advertising and the mass media.

Mel Ramos died in October 2018 at the age of 83. According to his daughter and studio manager Rochelle Leininger, the cause of death was heart failure.

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