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Daniel Ramos


Artist Statement

Eres Muy Hermosa (You are Very Beautiful) is a series of portraits of the working-class in Northern Mexico, taken in bars and clubs at night in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon with a 4x5 view camera and studio strobes. I began this series in 2018.


Although I was born in Chicago, I have travelled between Chicago and Monterrey since my youth, always making photographs and preserving my cultural and personal history. As both an insider and an outsider to these places, I wanted the people I photographed to know that they are worthy of a portrait, to magnify their presence in the world, and for them to begin to think differently about how they feel about themselves.


I found out that most had never had a photograph taken of themselves or even imagined they would have the money to invest in a studio portrait until I came along with my camera. It is for this reason that I decided to introduce props and photo-strobes inside these establishments to create a studio environment so the sitters could feel respectable.

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Foto Forum Santa Fe Exhibition Record

  • Eres Muy Hermosa (You are Very Beautiful), solo exhibition, 2023


Daniel Ramos is an American artist who divides his time between New York, and Monterrey,

MX. Ramos received a BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2003 and has

recently expanded his practice to include photomontage, sculpture, and installation.


His solo exhibitions include Artpace in San Antonio, TX and Filter Photo in Chicago, IL, and his

work is in the permanent collections of Leo Burnett Worldwide and the Wittliff Collections at

Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.


Daniel was a 2021-2022 fellow at NXTHVN in New Haven, Connecticut; Artist-In-Residence at

Light Work, Syracuse, NY, in June 2021; and held the 2020-2021 Pollock-Krasner Residency

at ISCP in Brooklyn, NY. In March 2020, Daniel completed the Spring International

Artist-In-Residence program at Artpace San Antonio, Texas and won the Dorothea

Lange-Paul Taylor prize in 2018.


Ramos has been a visiting artist lecturer at Yale University, the Fashion Institute of Technology,

and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts among others.


He and his wife, Kristina and son, Max, currently live in New York City.

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