Los Angeles artist Ramón Vargas makes paintings that draw from his own life experiences to amplify and investigate the cultural realities of Brown communities. His figurative paintings blend realism with a surreal sense of color and place, often incorporating heavy symbolism, repeating patterns and flat geometrical elements. Utilizing a representational approach, Ramón alternately celebrates and subverts prevailing concepts of identity, tradition and interpersonal relationships. Throughout his career, he has held arts-related administrative, faculty and consulting positions for non-profit and grassroots 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 shown his work in Los Angeles, New York and throughout California. 


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Master of Fine Arts, Painting

Laguna College of Art + Design, May 2022

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration

Laguna College of Art + Design, May 2002


Ellsworth Artist Residency – ArtShare LA, April-July 2024

“35x35” Group Show – Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, March 2024

“Inner Links” Group Show – ArtShare LA, December 2023

"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

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

“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

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