Chelsea Ramirez (b. 1988, Fort Lauderdale, FL) is a first generation Colombian-American artist best known for her mixed media, charcoal drawings that unravel community and home. Ramirez received her B.F.A from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and continued her studio practice at the Edinburgh College of Art and Design in Scotland and New York Studio School in NYC. She completed her MFA from Louisiana State University, where she was an Instructor of Record for foundation courses such as Drawing, Figurative Drawing, and Painting. Her work has been shown at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama; Prospect 3+: BR Invitational in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; La Bodega Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea, NYC; and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NYC; amongst others. She has been published in The Artist’s Working journal in 2016, Flyway Journal in 2017, and Soy Mujerista in 2019. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
I seek to unravel the erased and deeply soulful narratives embedded in personal identity, excavating the most tender moments between family and home. Re-imagining figurative portraiture, my work shifts the historical expectations of communal labor, specifically by womxn/people of color, to visible, celebratory touchstones of comfort and sanctuary. I focus on instinct and intuition–in drawing and with drawings–as a repressed yet natural connection to rest, safety, belonging, and homestead, or in a word: survival.