New Paltz, NY
Joseph Ramos is a Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York in New Paltz, where he taught Printmaking, Painting and Drawing for thirty years, retiring in the fall of 2009. Also during his tenure, he served as the Art Department Chair and Associate Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.
In his final year, he served as the School’s Interim Dean. He completed an MFA in Printmaking in 1973 from Yale University and a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from Pratt Institute in 1970. His prints and paintings have been exhibited in a wide variety of venues, both nationally and internationally.
“I have always been intrigued with man made tools as a subject for my art. Their shapes and forms as well as their function, when placed in a contextually altered composition, can offer the viewer an unusual and perhaps mysterious image. Recently, I have engraved on copper prints that focus on the contrast of values between contemporary western culture and pre-conquest of Taino Native American Puerto Rican culture.”