Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Andre Ramos-Woodard is a contemporary artist whose works evoke feelings of memory and internal narrative. Primarily working with photo-based manipulation and drawing, he conveys ideas of communal and personal identity through internal conflicts. Ramos-Woodard is influenced by personal experiences he went through while discovering his own identity – he is queer and African-American, both of which are well-known targets for discrimination. He uses his art to accent the ideas of separation between him and the viewer, specifically those that may not resonate with the ideas of the Other or problems within minority groups in contemporary culture. Ramos-Woodard received his BFA from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and is currently pursuing his MFA at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I'm a proudly-black, usually stressed-out, anime-watching nerd who couldn't step away from art even if I tried. I mean, this may be selfish, but I make art about my own personal identity: my blackness, my queerness, my me-ness. It all comes from my direct experience. I investigate how I see the world and how this world sees me. This world that I so gladly inhabit is the same world that makes me the "other". In the words of the beautiful Erykah Badu, "if we were made in his image, than call us by our name". I just want people to know we're important, you know?