Artist Statement: Very compelling, sensitive, filled with emotion, wonderfully soft was how renowned portrait painter Will Wilson described the work of Gustavo Ramos (b. 1993 Parana, Brazil). Ramos portraits explore the individuality and inner life of the subject. A slight downward glance, a subtle parting of the lips, or an inclination of the neck are observed carefully by the artist and recorded with profound sensitivity to reflect hidden feelings. Ramos awareness of these subtle physical indicators arises from his experiences as a Brazilian immigrant moving to the United States with no English fluency. For a while his understanding of others depended more on body language than words. This non-verbal period refined Ramos sensitivity to the subtleties of facial and other physical expressions, which now become the focus of his portraits.

Gustavo Ramos James | 16x13 | Graphite on paper
Gustavo Ramos Steve | 16x13 | Graphite on paper
Gustavo Ramos Joseph | 14x11 | Graphite and chalk on toned paper