Dec. 2nd - Dec. 7th | 11am - 7pm | Hotel Lobby
Join our resident artist Willy Ramos during Art Week as he creates a large scale masterpiece work in oil paints exploring the ideas of nature while celebrating color, rhythm and light.
Colombian-born Willy Ramos, who lives and works in Valencia, Spain, paints large-scale works in oil paint that explore ideas of nature and celebrate color, rhythm, and light. With their loose, expressionistic brushstrokes, simplified forms, and explosions of bright color, his garden scenes look back to Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” studies with the added exuberance of Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse and the Fauves, while his lush nudes and sculptural female figures call to mind the Tahitian paintings of Paul Gauguin. In addition to his work as a painter, Ramos is a teacher at the Escuela Bellas Artes in San Carlos, where he himself studied.
During the first week of December, you are personally invited to witness one of the most intimate aspects of an artist: how he paints, how he creates beauty, how a blank canvas becomes a piece of art. This is an event only a select few around him have had the honor to contemplate, but now it is your turn. You can watch as he paints, as he creates, as he lets his ideas flow. During the week, you will be able to communicate with him, vocalize your doubts. This sort of opportunity is not often possible. And, as such, you absolutely cannot miss it! Let the creativity enter your soul. Join us and see the world through his eyes of color at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort.
A celebrated painter, sculptor, printmaker, and ceramicist. Ramos was born in Colombia in 1954, and at the age of fourteen, left his native village of Pueblo Bello for Valencia, Spain, where he currently resides. As distinct as they may be, the trace of the mountains, the rivers, the blue stones, and the colorful and wild jungle evoke memories of his homeland.
As soon as he arrived in Valencia, he began his formal studies in painting and engraving at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Carlos. He followed his education to Barcelona, Spain, where he took a course at the School of Contemporary Mural Painting, and later moved to France then to Italy, where he studied etching and lithography at the State Institute of Art of Urbino. Upon returning to Spain, he earned his PhD in Art at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he has been a full professor in Drawing Projects for 30 years. While teaching intensively, he has never lost sight of his studies, dedicating countless hours to the praxes of painting, drawing, and sculpting.
Willy Ramos has presented his works in more than two hundred individual and collective exhibitions across galleries in Spain, the United States of America, Canada, Colombia, Italy, Germany, and Ireland, to name a few. His art has also been admired at Art Fairs that include ARCO, ARTBO, Art Toronto, Pinta London, ART Miami, Art Madrid, Toulouse, Marbella, Milan, and Parma, among others. In addition to exhibitions and museum collections, his works have been sought after by public and private collectors and foundations such as the Ministry of Economics and Public Finances, L’Oreal Art Foundation, Bancaja Foundation.
Substantially expressionist, Willy Ramos began his career in the abstract and gestural key, but it wasn’t long before he left behind such approaches. As he began working with Juan Uslé and other fellow students to strengthen personal style, he became deeply rooted in modern art. He studied and borrowed from Henri Matisse’s joie de vivre, Albert Marquet, Raoul Dufy, and Francisco Bores, referring to them as his tutelary gods. Willy became his own great artist by becoming well aware of the tradition in which he enrolls.