Mel Ramos is an American figurative painter and sculptor, specializing in female nudes in a pop art style. He gained his popularity as part of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. Ramos's work often features recognisable products and brands like Chiquita bananas, or girls popping up from candy wrappers or lounging in martini glasses.
The artist’s coupling of women with familiar products like martini glasses and bananas serves as a commentary on the ways in which capitalism has employed the female body. Ramos has often based his nudes on the female celebrities of the day, from Marilyn Monroe and Dita von Teese to Scarlett Johansson.
I have focussed here on Ramos' sculptural works here, although they are very much in the style of his paintings and lithographs. I think the sculptures are striking and some are life-size which raises lots of questions and really makes an impact.
Ramos calls his practice rooted in Surrealism and its emphasis on “absurd conjunctions”—in his case, a beautiful nude woman emerging from a Snickers wrapper or lounging seductively in a banana split.