"Natural History Museum Part I" is a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Carlos Ramos. For his first solo show in Los Angeles, Ramos replicates the natural history museum experience for his audience, fusing the natural world with the art world. A series of twenty four large-scale paintings based on classic grand dioramas and a special installation of skeletal structures will transform the gallery into an epicenter of flora and fauna. The concept of the exhibition is based on Ramos’ childhood fascination with natural history museums and the "authoritative" impression they made on him growing up. Developing a show around a cohesive theme as well as expanding the size and scale of his work mark an exciting new direction for the artist, which has allowed him to explore environments and characters more freely than in the past. Open to the public, the reception for "Natural History Museum Part I" will take place on Saturday, June 28 from 7 to 10pm and will be on view until July 16, 2008 at Corey Helford Gallery.
Carlos Ramos was born and raised in Burbank, California where he was obsessed with doodling and MAD magazine as a child. Throughout his youth, he continued to develop his artistic interests and graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation. Ramos went on to create numerous shows for Cartoon Network, Walt Disney Studios, and Nickelodeon including The X’s and Chalkzone, which garnered him an Annie Award. His talent also extends to writing for Cartoon Network and drawing caricatures for Rolling Stone and Consolidated Skateboards. Ramos’ work has been featured in numerous galleries including Gallery 1988 and I Am 8-Bit, and he co-hosted The Burning Brush Auctions with Tim Biskup. He currently lives in the Silverlake Hills and enjoys driving his 1969 Mini Cooper and doing stand-up comedy in Hollywood. Check out more information about Ramos over at Monkey Puzzles.