A striking mid-century painting from Mexico, glowing with color, by the hand of listed artist JORGE EDGARDO RAMIREZ (sometimes followed by MARTINEZ), born 1940. The oil on canvas, 16 1/4" by 31 1/2" in thin strip framing, is signed at lower right and is signed again, titled and dated on the reverse. The orange, brown and tan earth colors cement its mid-century heritage. The work glows from within, possessing an almost fluorescent quality. There does not seem to be a lot of biographical information on Ramirez; he studied at the Academia de San Carlos and at La Esmeralda. His imagery reminds of artist Ricardo Martinez de Hoyos (1918-2009), the works of whom sell for thousands at major auctions of Latin American art. This painting could use a freshening-up session with a restorer; it is generally soiled, has a few shallow scuffs, especially at left-most head, and could use varnish and so forth. Once cleaned it will hold its place with any fine Latin American twentieth century art. The artist is obviously quite underrated.
JORGE EDGARDO RAMIREZ (1940-) Mexican modern art 1963 oil on canvas painting "Ofrenda"