Fernando Ramirez (b. 1977) is from Guanajuato, Mexico and moved at the age of three to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Perhaps the most important and popular artist at Gallery 37, Chicago’s celebrated youth arts program, Ramirez completed numerous commissioned art projects, including portraits of Mayor and Mrs. Daley, as well as many visiting dignitaries from around the world. A decade later, he continues to paint colorful scenes of Chicago’s famous locales, enjoys a unique niche in painting three-dimensional objects, and is now a popular commission artist at Project Onward.
When Ramirez isn’t completing commissions and special projects for the public, he enjoys painting and drawing images from mythology, fantasy and pan-religious themes. This more personal body of work makes use of skull and skeleton motifs, and hidden signs and symbols. He joined the studio in 2006 and lives in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.