Sandra Pérez-Ramos is an awarded Puerto Rican artist and community art leader working in Washington DC and Maryland. She is currently a Resident Artist in Gallery 209, affiliated with Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland, where she exhibits monthly. Her body of work includes drawings, fiber arts, mixed media, murals and public art.
Pérez-Ramos has served in multiple leadership roles within local art organizations, including Montgomery Art Association, as Membership Committee Chair, Wheaton Arts Parade as leader of the Wheaton Area Latinx Artists, head of the Tableaux Vivant group for the parade and Exhibition Installation Manager in W. A. P. ‘s two previous gallery locations inside Westfield Wheaton Mall. She also co-founded the former Latino Art League of Greater Washington, DC.
Art Critic Lennox Campello described her art in an article for the Alexandria Old Town Crier: “Pérez-Ramos channels her Caribbean upbringing in her accomplished works. Her artistic pedigree is evident in her gifted use of color and form to deliver highly stylized imagery, which over the years has grown into one of the hardest achievements in the art world: a completely distinct style and ritual.”
When it comes to public art, she understands the power of design and placemaking in communities. Her intention is to create uplifting works and spaces that encourage healing, inspire connection and celebrate diversity. The founder of The Art & Walkability Project in Silver Spring, MD, Margaret Rifkin, says: “Pérez-Ramos’ art is for everyone…one of the most democratic ways to bring beauty to the body politic, both the marginalized and mainstream”.
Maryland State Arts Council awarded the 2022 Public Art Project Implementation Grant to her design “The Gathering Tree” for Glenmont Forest Neighborhood Park in Silver Spring, MD. This art collaboration will be completed by 2023, with Stuart Diekmeyer overseeing structural design and Howard Connelly in charge of fabrication. The community will be included in the creation of the ground murals that complement the design.
In 2020, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission selected Pérez-Ramos to design Prince George County’s commemorative poster for its Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. In 2021, The Better Block Foundation commissioned her to design a mural for the Pike District at the Bethesda Trolley Trailhead. Her work has been acquired by the Children’s National Hospital and the Marie Reed Project for Community of Hope, both in Washington, DC, by Mayor Tracey Furman, for the Town Hall in Kensington, MD and by others for their permanent collections.
Before becoming an artist, Sandra Pérez-Ramos considered pursuing journalism, archaeology and anthropology, which are areas of interest that support and inform her work today. She believes in the concept of “collective unconscious” and is inspired by folk arts, traditional textiles, patterns and ancient, overlapping symbols that show mystical and natural connections across cultures. The repetitition of dots and lines, drawn, knotted or sewn, are an important ritual throughout her works. Her drawings are elaborate with whimsical narratives and a mix of retro with contemporary aesthetics. Her fiber works explore personal themes such as cultural clash, language mix, magical thinking, love spells and synchretism, stemming from an upbringing in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and the influence of her family and culture and their mixed spiritual beliefs.
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