Joe Ramiro Garcia
Born in Texas and a longtime resident of Sante Fe, New Mexico – Joe Ramiro Garcia has developed a unique painting process that is a mix of traditional brush and palette knife application with a postmodern use of printmaking transfer skills. Not unlike Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Sigmar Polke, Phillip Taffe, Nancy Spero, and others – Joe works in layers. Layers of visual pattern and imagery create what he calls an open narrative. This open narrative allows the viewer personal, emotional and possibly psychological interpretations of the work.
Joe’s imagery draws from common everyday life through to commercial or popular consumer culture. Joe says “Painting is an evolved art term now incorporating mixed media and collage and yet my work is different here. I developed a way of using a gum Arabic transfer method that allows me to use the same oil and alkyd paint mixture (I paint with) and avoid using inks or other print mediums… This is what I call paint layers. The oil and alkyd medium is the same from the bottom layer to the last top painted layer. That is why I describe my work as "Painting" and not mixed media."
Joe Ramiro Garcia is an inventor, creator, artist and teacher with a long list of highly successful exhibitions and many honors.