Paul Henry Ramirez (b. 1963, El Paso, Texas) studied at the University of Texas at El Paso as well as Raritan Valley College in Somerville, New Jersey.
Ramirez’s paintings and drawings are vibrant, playful, and exuberant; loopy curls and blobs that spit and drool streams of color down the page. Images in his works are based on internal and external elements of the human body squeezed and pushed into liquid, oozy forms. At once evoking a childish, whimsical innocence, the works are simultaneously provocative, sensuous, and suggestive. This opposition is the essence of Ramirez’s work. Juicy, swirling paint suggests the internal and external rhythm of the body.
Ramirez’s works are in the permanent collection of many institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Newark Museum (New Jersey), the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Austin Museum of Art (Texas), Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). He lives and works in New Jersey.