Academic journal article The Southern Review

About the Artist

Academic journal article The Southern Review

About the Artist

Article excerpt

RAMIRO GOMEZ'S WORK makes visible the "invisible," the predominantly Latino workforce serving the affluent areas of Los Angeles. His subjects are nannies, gardeners, housekeepers: the people behind our images of luxury. Gomez is himself the son of working-class Mexican immigrants. He grew up in San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles. He left the California Institute of the Arts before finishing and went to work as a live-in nanny in the hills of West Hollywood, where he keenly observed the relationships between heads of households and their staffs. Gomez found the dynamic between family and staff to be paradoxical--at once intimate, trusting, and close, but also prone to abrupt dissolution for various reasons. His experiences as a nanny and as a son of immigrants provide the impetus for his work.

Caption: RAMIRO GOMEZ American Gardeners (after David Hockney's American Collectors [Fred and Marcia Weisman] 1968), 2014 acrylic on canvas, 84 x 120 in. …

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