Martin Ramirez, self taught artist, to be honoured by new USA stamps

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imports_CCGB_info-005-1_11431.jpg Martin Ramirez, self taught artist, to be honoured by new USA stamps
Martin Ramirez, a self taught artist who for more than thirty years produced his work whilst a psychiatric hospital patient, is to be honoured in a new set of stamps from United States Postal Service. ...
Martin Ramirez, a self taught artist who for more than thirty years produced his work whilst a psychiatric hospital patient, is to be honoured in a new set of stamps from United States Postal Service.

Ramirez (1895-1963) was a Mexican national who left Mexico with this family in 1925 to begin a new life in the USA. Unable to find work during the Great Depression, he was picked up by the police and subsequently taken to a mental hospital after a diagnosis of schizophrenia. In the three decades before his death, Ramirez produced art work including paintings and collages, which eventually came to the attention of Tarmo Pasto, a professor of psychology and art.

The five stamps, designed by Antonio Alcala, feature colourful examples of Ramirez's work, where colour and repeating patterns are prominent.

To purchase the stamps, visit the USPS website.

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(Images copyright United States Postal Service)
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