Mel Ramos’s provocative, humorous paintings mix idealized nude women with the imagery of popular culture—Coca Cola bottles, movie posters, and the like. His style references the sensuality and glossy flatness of pin-ups and Playboy spreads and has drawn the ire of feminists and art critics alike, despite Ramos’s assertion that his works are “apolitical”. Though clearly aligned withPop Art, Ramos calls his practice rooted in Surrealism and its emphasis on “absurd conjunctions”—a beautiful nude woman emerging from a Snickers wrapper or lounging seductively in a banana split.
American, b. 1935, Sacramento, California, based in Oakland, California