Mel Ramos is an American Pop artist best known for his female nudes painted alongside brand logos. Ramos’ pointed coupling of women with familiar products serves as a commentary on the ways in which modern culture has cast the female body as interchangeable with beauty and consumerism. Like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, Ramos found imagery from comic books inspirational for his highly graphic style and grew up drawing the cartoons and characters from their pages. Born on July 24, 1935 in Sacramento, CA, Ramos studied art at Sacramento State College under the tutelage of his mentor and friend, Wayne Thiebaud, and where he earned both his BA and MA degrees. The painter and printmaker’s work is part of the collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others. He currently lives and works in Oakland, CA and Spain.