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'My religion is to trust myself'. My process involves creating art quickly to produce works which represent a particular moment in time. Years of study and experimentation have made significant contributions to my work. But simply trusting my instincts has encouraged more interesting results and has allowed me to avoid difficulties related to paralysis by analysis. There is often an appropriate amount of breathing between various aspects, layers or gestures within each work. But those breaths are also within the same period of time and space, so each new element still feels and looks like it emanated from materials which came before it.
Troy Ramos (b. 1975) is an artist based in metro Detroit, Michigan. He creates paintings and sound, light and video installations. He has received over a dozen grants in the last few years to support his work, including support from MCACA, ArtPrize, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ArtMile Detroit, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Battle Creek Community Foundation and others. He earned an MA in Music Composition from the University of York in England (2008) and began working as an installation artist in 2013.
2022 March-August, Amid a Crowd of Stars (Neon Light Outdoor Install), Battle Creek, MI
2022 Spring, IN TIME (Paintings/Video/Sound/Light Install), 333 Midland Gallery, Detroit, MI
2022 February-April, I WANT YOU TO STAY (Paintings), Detroit Shipping Company Gallery, Detroit, MI
2021 September-October, MOVING IN SHORTER THOUGHTS (Video/Sound Install), ArtPrize, City Hall, Curator Monroe O’Bryant. Grand Rapids, MI
2020 June, PASSING TIME (Video/Sound Install) Detroit, MI, Curator Lucy Mensah, Organized by Reyes I Finn and Cultural Counsel in partnership with Red Bull Arts.
2020 September, Where We Are Now (Paintings & Neon Light Works),The Record Box Gallery, Battle Creek, MI
2019 February, Connections (Sound/Light Install), ArtHop - Kalamazoo, MI 2018 September-October, Sound Space (Sound/Light Install), ArtPrize 10, Grand Rapids, MI
2008 MA in Music Composition, University of York, England
2004 BA in German/Music, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
2021 ArtPrize Award, Grand Rapids City Hall
2021 MCACA Project Grant (Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs)
2020 MCACA Full Grant (Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs)
2020 Community Fund Grant, Battle Creek Community Foundation
2019 Community Art Grant, WK Kellogg Foundation
2019 Community Art Grant, Battle Creek Community Foundation/WK Kellogg Foundation 2019 KADL Project Grant, Arts Council of Kalamazoo
2018 Creative Many Detroit, Art and Technology Panel Grant
2018 Pitch Night Detroit Award, ArtPrize
abstract artist, conceptual artist, abstract painter, video artist, sound artist, contemporary painter Detroit, Detroit artist, minimalist artist, urban artwork