We had the good fortune of connecting with Oscar Alfredo Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Oscar Alfredo, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
The first attachment to the arts came because it felt as if it was the only thing I excelled at throughout my youth. The sentiment of, ‘I’ll do this because I’m good at it and they encourage me when I do.’ In my teen years though, I developed a relationship with not my work, but with the process of creating and conceptualising. A relationship that I couldn’t ever see myself without. They say you should love the work and the process of creating, but for myself it is a complicated relationship. Sometimes it hurts and is confusing and frustrating. The important thing is though that it is where I go when I am happy, sad, lost, inspired, etc.. It is the space where I am free to simply exist and express myself and my spirit. I pursued a creative career because it feels like the only correct way to live truthfully to myself. Creation has become a necessity.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a painter and fiber artist whose works primarily focus on family and how pleasure and pains are inherited through generations. I paint figurative work mostly of myself and family exploring what it means to be a modern day family from El Salvador, and the cultural identity that comes from not knowing. My textiles work focuses on bridging the space between my paintings and the physical reality, and seek to create an artifact or experience that can outlive even me, and hopefully guide future generations.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I suggest everyone visiting Los Angeles to give visiting MOCA in DownTown L.A. a try. The Museum of Contemporary Art has an amazing permanent collection and is always hosting stellar exhibitions. And after there’s many other amazing institutions and restaurants to visit in the area. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to say thank you to the wonderful circle of creatives I have formed relationships with while staying and studying in San Francisco, California. You have all inspired me continuously and never cease to amaze me. We support each other and breathe love and life into every project we work on. I’ve grown vastly as an artist and individual while working together. I’m so glad to be fellow creatives, but also friends. Thank you to Maygie Li, June Blackwell, Maggie Seidenberg, Jun Sagal, Daniela Segovia, Paris Peñaranda, and so many other amazing artists and friends who constantly inspire me.

Instagram: @oosk.y https://www.instagram.com/oosk.y/?hl=en

Image Credits
Personal photo; photographed by Christine Sandoval.

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