Lisandra Ramírez, born in Havana in 1986, graduated from both La Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro and the Instituto Superior de Artes. Concluding her formal Cuban education in 2012, the artist then traveled to Spain to complete a course in bronze casting followed by a course at the Tish School of Arts, part of the University of New York.

Ramírez has since been in various collective and solo shows in both the US and Cuba. She currently collaborates with Studio 7 y 60 where she regularly shows her work alongside other female artists. Ramírez's ouevre has frequently been typecast as being pop art, heightened by her participation in the exhibition “Pop Goes the World”. Her work often comments on the nature of mass manufacturing and takes aesthetic inspiration from mass produced Japanese cartoons and animated figures. Although focusing on mass production, Ramírez’s work holds a distinctly personal touch and explores the isolation and loneliness one feels in a society that functions on mass production, both in objects and personalities. This personal edge brings a strong human touch to her work, rendering it relatable to the masses.

In an interview with Apollo Magazine Ramírez explains the effects of Cuba’s political state on artists of her generation, she explains, ‘For artists like myself who were born onwards of the late 1980s, we react to politics very differently from our predecessors. In the first two decades after the revolution, a lot of art in this country was fuelled by a genuine feeling of togetherness, of Cuban people having to work together to prove that socialism was a model that could last. But increasingly, artists of my generation are starting to create works that place a stronger emphasis on individualism, on the idea that we need to rely on ourselves if we are to survive.’ Describing the recurring motif of the mass produced cat with sunglasses in her work, Ramírez continues ‘I made these to illustrate a point about how younger Cubans don’t really think that much about politics or about Cuba’s place in the world. They remind me of cats: when you place food in front of them and they start eating, they close their eyes in pleasure. They’re completely focused on the food.’

Ramírez’s work is widely collected and has been exhibited globally. The artist has won various prizes such as 1st prize at the 2013 Cuban Contemporary Art Fair of the Galiano Gallery in Havana, Cuba and 1st Prize for the poster of the International Day against Violence for the Oscar Arnulfo Romero NGO in Havana, Cuba.

Quote taken from: http://www.apollo-magazine.com/inside-cubas-changing-art-world/

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