Carlos Ramirez was born in Cuba. For political reasons his family
moved to the United States when he was a child. His family's
story is like that of many immigrants, and he recalls those early days
in New York:
My parents came to this country with nothing but the clothes in
their suitcase. They gave up a comfortable life that was deteriorating
in hopes of a safe future. As an adult I can now admire their courage
and determination. In their late thirties they landed in a country where
they didn?t speak the language, had no financial resources, and a
Ramirez always drew and painted, but as the only child of an
immigrant family, his parents were concerned that he have a
structured profession, rather than take a chance on a career as an
artist. In college he focused on drawing and drafting in the hopes of
pursuing an architectural degree, but at the last minute, due to the
prodding of his father, he applied to law school.
He received a full scholarship to the University of Miami Law School,
where he excelled but soon realized his heart was not in it. In his last
year he left the program to follow a vision of putting a fashion
collection together. "I applied all of my drawing, sketching and
design skills to this new endeavor," he notes. At age 23, he
established the label Liancarlo. The label has dressed dozens of
celebrities, and his work has been featured in countless fashion
Throughout the years of growing his business, he became a designer
by day, painter by night, taking workshops with such greats as painter
Wolf Kahn?making time to pursue this passion.
Today he dedicates his time solely to painting and can be found most
days working in his airy, sunlight studio in Santa Fe, NM.
My work is a visual record of the world around me; capturing those
moments that have become rooted in my memory. I am not interested
in replicating nature, but rather the bits and pieces that have struck a
cord with me.
I tend to work large, starting with bold black ink sketches that
reference organic shapes. I then obscure parts with multiple layers of
broken color. I work back and forth in this manner developing a thick
build up of paint in some areas while others remain thin and open.
Washes contrast with impasto and interplay with the loose drawings
within the piece.
The essence of my work is exploring the beauty that is present in the
natural world. In this process I take in what draws me to nature and
bring it back to the canvas via my own voice.
Contemporary Art Curator. Carlos Ramirez, 100 Artist of the Future.
Toscano, Shelly. Art and Life with Carlos Ramirez. Voyage Atlanta,
Web. 24 April 2018.
Anderson, Stefania. Carlos Ramirez. Contemporary Art Curator
Magazine, Web. 26 June 2018
LaRosa, Michael. An Atlas and Survey of Latin American History.
Book cover artwork, 2018
Belsito, Rochelle. In My Garden. American Art Collector, May 2017
Reinhart, Rhonda. Life in Color. Dallas Modern Luxury, January 2017
Toles, Hannah. Instacrush, Carlos Ramirez Studio. Luxe Magazine,
Reinhart, Rhonda. Art and Fashion. Modern Luxury Weddings,
Seed, John. Carlos Ramirez, La Rosa Blanca. Poets and Artist
Magazine, September 2016.
Salvagno, Alessandra. Artist Carlos Ramirez. The Gold Luggage, Web.
22 June 2016.
Krysa, Danielle. Carlos Ramirez. The Jealous Curator, Web. 19 March
Salinetti, Ryan M. Carlos Ramirez, Artist. The Nice Niche, 11 Nov.
Dalzell, Rebecca. Carlos Ramirez, Expert Advice. Martha Stewart,
2018 Commission for Nordstroms, NYC store.
2018 Commission for The Peninsula Regent, San Mateo, CA
2017 Commission for Kenneth Brown Design, Los Angeles, CA for
Baton Rouge, LA residence
2017 Commission for Olsson-Fernandez, Miami, FL for Park Avenue,
2016 Commission Piece for Sinai Residences, Boca Raton, FL
2016 Final Selection for lobby artwork commission Biltmore at Bay
Colony, Naples, FL
2016 Commission for Simon Chong Design, Hong Kong