Alfredo Ramos Martinez


Artist Biography:

Born in Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1946, Alfredo Ramos Martínez was a painter, muralist, and educator. Considered by many to be the ‘Father of Mexican Modernism’, he is best known for his serene and empathetic paintings of traditional Mexican people and scenes. From an early age Ramos Martínez was recognized as prodigiously talented. At the age of 14 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the most prominent art school in Mexico. Becoming restless, Martínez arrived in Paris in 1897 and continued his studies in the streets of the city, embracing the style of the Post- Impressionists. He was able to see first-hand the work of Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Georges Seurat. He returned to Mexico in early 1910, during the start of the Mexican Revolution, and three years later he was appointed the Director of the National Academy opening the first of his Escuelas de Pintura al Aire Libre (Open Air Schools of Painting). Moving to California in the 1930s due to his daughter’s ill health, Martínez’s work became popular amongst celebrities including Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart. Alfredo Ramos Martínez died unexpectedly in 1946, in Los Angeles.

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