Reunite Artist with his Paintings
Help me reunite with my Paintings
In this on line fund-raiser, I'm hoping to raise $3,500.00 the financial support that will allow me to bring home 50 paintings, my own collection of my paintings, that includes several three-dimensional work some of them date back to 1976, these acrylic on canvas and some on wood paintings have been in storage in Chicago since 2011, along with many of my one-of-a-kind objects that serve as autistic inspiration in my creative process, and art work created by my friends and family that were given to me as gifts, a 40 years old collection of hundreds of different posters of my work and other artists from across the country and from Puerto Rico, an LP set of congas, a collection of art books, my reviews archives, slides, negative of photographs and of my works, and slides of the master artist that I have been studying, an antique hard wood drawing table, a very comfortable office chair, my music collection, a set of speakers and an amplifier, two computer printers and a scanner, art supplies and materials, and my Puerto Rican, African and Mexican collection of masks, etc.
By bringing home my paintings and related materials from Chicago, I will have enough work here on the Island to have several one-man shows and as for the other materials, these objects will once again inspire my work and increase my productivity that create opportunity for me to exhibit and have a greater effect and contributions to the arts scene here on the island. Thank You!
En esta línea de recaudar fondos, estoy esperando para recaudar $ 3,500.00, el apoyo financiero que me permitirá traer a casa 50 pinturas, mi propia colección de mis pinturas, que incluye varios trabajos en tres dimensiones algunos de ellos se remontan a 1976, estos acrílico sobre lienzo y algunas pinturas sobre madera han estado en almacenamiento en Chicago desde 2011, junto con muchos de mis objetos one-of-a-kind que sirven de inspiración como autistas en mi proceso creativo, y el trabajo de arte creado por mis amigos y familiares que me fueron dados como regalos, un 40 años de recogida de cientos de diferentes carteles de mi trabajo y otros artistas de todo el país y de Puerto Rico, set de congas LP, una colección de libros de arte, mis críticas archivos, diapositivas , negativos de fotografías y de mis obras, y las diapositivas de la artista principal que he estado estudiando, una mesa de dibujo de madera dura antigua, una silla muy cómoda oficina, mi colección de música, un juego de altavoces y un amplificador, dos impresoras de ordenador y un escáner, materiales de arte y materiales, y mi colección de Puerto Rico, de África y México de máscaras, etc. Al traer a casa mis pinturas y materiales relacionados desde Chicago, voy a tener bastante trabajo aquí en la Isla para tener varios espectáculos unipersonales y como para los otros materiales estos objetos, una vez más inspirar mi trabajo y aumentar mi productividad y crear oportunidades para que yo expongo, y tienen un mayor efecto y las contribuciones a la escena de las artes aquí en la isla. ¡Gracias!
Hola/Hello my name is Gamaliel Ramirez, I am a dyslexic multidiscipline master artist, born in the Bronx, of NY City, a cancer survivor and now handicapped struggling with emphysema and arthritis pains, I am a farther of two daughters and a proud grandfather of two grandchildren. I am a Nuyorican who has worked in Chicago as an artist/teaching artists for over 40 years and now am living and working in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In face book at: https://www.facebook.com/gamaliel.ramirez.58 and on my web site at: http://gamalielramirez.weebly.com I have posted albums of my paintings from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and of more recent works, other posting include my murals, poetry, photography, videos, and my student's artwork, my Resume, Exhibition Record, Artist Statement and more. Here is a link to view a video of my indoor and outdoor murals installations in Chicago and in Puerto Rico: < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhUy2ZwQ-ho>
LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITY IN A NEW LAND!
Since I've moved here I have been trying to sell my work and trying to get a teaching position, and working on getting some commissions, but I am new here, an outsider, and I'm unknown to the general public, so opportunity had been scarce, is not because I'm here on the Island although there is a 60% unemployment here, but the fact remains that no matter where I would have moved to, I would probably be in the same situation, actually there is support for the Arts, and the artists here are revered and respected, to me it jest a the matter of time, and I jest have to continue networking and exhibiting.
If you have been following my career via face book, you have seen that since my arrival in 2011 in that year I have created 12 paintings and I even volunteered to paint my first mural on the island an 8ft. by 28 ft. out door mural called "Past, Presents and Future of " Puerto Rico in Yuaco, see video go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzQ3hL2tM8Y this was a low-budget project painted on zinc panels we had a few students volunteers and the paints were donated by me and the community called El Cerro, I did it for the many friends I made in El Cerro and for the publicity, and it worked, the news of the mural got on the local radio station and on the local television news, and in a national newspaper El Nuevo Dia.
With the above accomplishment and a few more paintings that I painted in Cameto and in Santa Rita, San Juan and together with the ones I brought from Chicago I finally having enough work to began to exhibit. So far I have participated in three art exhibitions, one was a group show in The Art Room gallery in Hato Rey there I exhibit one painting, and another and another was in a small town near Caguas where I also exhibited one painting, and in the last exhibition we were fortunate to got reviewed, that exhibit was a joint project, I exhibited together with my friend the artist Juan Carlos Baez who is a graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago and has recently moved here to the island, this exhibit took place in one of San Juan's most popular Art Gallery Galeria Guatibiri in Santa Rita, Rio Pedars, and recently I have been ask to submit samples of my works and my resume to la Colección de las Artes at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Pedars, and a more recent accomplishment was my registration at The Artist Registry of The Institute of Puerto Rican Art and Culture in old San Juan, and finally I am in the process of painting a mural with three other artist in Caguas this project is sponsored by the city of Caguas.
Born to Puerto Rican immigrant parents in 1949 in South Bronx, New York, Gamaliel Ramirez's family moved to Chicago in 1955. Struggling with an undiagnosed case of dyslexia, Ramirez didn't do well in school and was forced out of Peabody grammar school at the age of 16, which was when he decided to teach himself how to paint. He began his education at The Art Institute of Chicago, which he frequently visits to study the paintings of European masters and eventually he began to study the Latin American masters. Gamaliel Ramirez is one of the pioneers of Chicago-based Latino art, A founding member of El Taller which was one of the first Latino arts organization in the country, originally founded in 1970 to recognize, develop and promote or Latino art and culture and has exhibited paintings nationally and internationally. For over thirty five years, Gamaliel has worked in numerous communities throughout Chicago. His work has included the development of cultural arts programs such as, newsletters, festivals, and facilitating workshops on silk screen printing, drawing and painting and mural painting. He had designed numerous posters for festivals, writes poetry, and has served as a curator of art exhibitions. Through his work, he projects images of Puerto Rican and of other minorities in urban environment. Through his media, Gamaliel's subject matter explores the irony of his different worlds. His teams often combine urban landscapes with primitive figure or of Afro-centric nature, creating a cultural cosmetology that relates to us the roots of his Caribbean culture and heritage.
MY ARTIST STATEMENT
Like many Puerto Rican artists who were born and raised in the United States, European and North American influences were my first sources of inspiration. Searching for my past and the present, I began to explore the world of arts beyond the borders of my pervious influences. I started by exploring my own roots, which stems from three different continents, Africa, Europe and America. My exploration had led me through many paths that questioned and changed my beliefs and philosophy towards the arts. For the last 40 years I have been working and committed to the studies of the local and national contemporary art movements. These movements, the Rican, Chicano, Black, Women's and others, involve groups of master artists creating in all mediums and in a multicultural and gender environments. Presently, I am a master painter using this universal medium as a voice that enables me artistically, aesthetically and with integrity to express myself through my specific cultural experiences, realities and feelings. My goals are to continue contributing and to validate this post-modern avant-garde art movement.
Donate MI Gente.....This is for a good cause anything helps ......He is the famous last Mohican. Salma Rivera Moya and David Hernandez will forever be his guardian angels .It's important this reaches out to the people that love him and support his creative art skills .In July when he arrives to Chicago he will be autographing small postcards as gifts that can be framed .These colorful masterpieces will be yours to cherish .As well as an event with spoken word ,appetizers, music and book sales ,raffles We love you Gamaliel .....Good luck papa
Love u Gamaliel ......Wish you many blessings .....Can't wait till your arrival