Ramón S. Alcoléa


Ramón was born in Seville, Spain, and raised by hisgrandparents over the local post office where his grandfather was the Postmaster.  He  attended Jesuit school.  At fifteen, Ramón arrived in Washington, D. C.  There he studied at the Corcoran School of Art.  He worked in Paris for a year, then returned to finish his formal art education at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. 


In 1984, while still a student, Ramón was awarded a fellowship at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, a ritual passage for many well-known modern American artists.  After  graduation, Ramón became the assistant to sculptor Ronald Bladen,a leading  figure of minimal art whose work is in the permanent collection of MOMA and other important American and European art museums.


Ronald Bladen showed me the truth and honesty are most important in the privacy of one’s studio where every act of art making is equally important.


Ramón has received national recognition for his work, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a New York State Council for the Arts Grant, the Sculpture Award from the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and fellowship awards at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, NY, and the Cummington Community of the Arts, MA.


Ramón Alcoléa’s work is included in the collections of the headquarters of the Nashua, NH Public Libraries, the Apollo Muses, NJ, and the Honolulu Printmakers.  In 1998, his wood sculpture In and Out was permanently installed in the Marzona Collection of Bielefeld, Germany, “one of the most important private modern art collections in Europe.” 


Alcoléa recently joined the Sideshow Gallery at 319 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11211 (718-486-8180) .


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