BIO

Los Angeles artist Ramón Vargas makes paintings that amplify and investigate the cultural reality of Brown communities. Utilizing a representational style, he alternately challenges, celebrates, and subverts prevailing concepts of identity, tradition, and interpersonal relationships. Drawing on his own life experiences, Ramón’s figurative paintings blend realism with a surreal sense of color and place, often incorporating heavy symbolism, repeating patterns, and flat geometrical elements. Throughout his career, he has taught art for non-profit and grassroots community organizations, and is a known mentor for arts education and community outreach in Los Angeles and Orange County. In addition to painting, he is also a muralist and printmaker and has worked in Los Angeles, New York and throughout California.


PRESS

Dancing Sobr Podcast

Hyperallergic

Boyle Heights Beat

Street Blogs LA


EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, Painting

Laguna College of Art + Design, May 2022

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration

Laguna College of Art + Design, May 2002


SELECTED PROJECTS + EXHIBITIONS

"Raiz II" Group Show - Thinkspace | Tlaloc | Perez Bros, Marks Center for the Arts, September 2023

Sueños II" Group Show - Munzón Gallery, May 2023

"Figuratively Speaking" Exhibition - Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, April 2023

"Outlook/Insight" Group Show - Laguna Art Museum, May 2022

“The Art of the Self” Group Show – Golden West College Art Gallery, November 2018 

“The Next Wave: New Masters of Fine Art” MFA Exhibition – Gallery 805, June 2018 

Finalist in Group Exhibition - Pacific Art Foundation, March 2018

Mural Instructor & Consultant, Escuelita Aztlan – Various Locations, 2014-2018 

“Art of Resistance” Group Show – Avenue 50 Studio, May 2017

“Featured Artist” Solo Exhibition – Guisados Boyle Heights, February 2017 

Silkscreen/Stencil Workshop, co-directed – Self Help Graphics, January 2017 

“People, Pride, & Progress” Mural – Guisados Burbank, October 2016 

“Featured Artist” East L.A. Arts Fest – East Los Angeles Civic Center, June 2016 

“From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson” Group Show – Self Help Graphics, May 2016 

“Jardin Del Arte” Art Fair & Exhibition – Grand Park L.A., May 2016

Group Exhibition – Primera Taza , May 2016

“Featured Artist Winner” La Bulla Live Art Series – Norwood Bar, April 2016

Art Instructor & Consultant, TEAL Project – LACMA, 2014-2016

Exhibiting Artist, Day of the Dead Fest – Rose Hills Memorial Park, November 2015 

Live Painting Artist, El Jimador event – La Cuevita, October 2015

“Latino Heritage 2015” Group Show – Chimaya Art Gallery, October 2015

Group Exhibition – Univision Corporate Offices, August 2015

“Featured Artist” Solo Exhibition – Guisados West Hollywood, August 2015

“Barrio Boogie: Rumba Caliente” Group Show – Espacio 1839, August 2015

“New Moon” Group Show – The Yurt, July 2015

Youth Stencil Workshop, Instructor – Boyle Heights Tech Youth Center, June 2015

Muralist & Sign Artist – Vaka Burgers Los Angeles, June 2015 

Exhibiting Artist & Live Painting – Ink n Iron Fest, June 2015 

“Infinite Tide” Group Show – Queen Mary, June 2015