title: Balance 2019
artist: Manual Ramirez (Otoe-Missouria)
medium: acrylic monotype 1/1
paper size: 8″ x 12″
Manuel Ramirez is inspired by people, travel, and community. He is an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Artist Leadership Program. He enjoys working with monotypes and exploring works on paper. Ramirez has exhibited at the Museum of International Folk Art, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the Citrus College Gallery, and the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery.
“I see the picture plane as a traveling sequence and as a migration of movements experienced through design. The utterances of human language and the Otoe-Missouria world view represent relationships to place. Imitative gestures and moments of stability and tension expressed through such styles inform my associations with the places I relate to. I am exploring how the physicalities of self-expression and, the emotions and personalities we experience inform our desires and our patterns of emergence.” MR
The Otoe–Missouria Tribe of Indians is a single, federally recognized tribe, located in Oklahoma. The tribe is made up of Otoe and Missouria Indians. Traditionally they spoke the Chiwere language, part of the Siouan language family.