Since the age of 12, Rafael Ramirez Máro has worked as an official collaborator in the studio of his father, the painter Antonio Máro. With him he realized many works for biennials (Venice / Sao Paolo etc.) and for important art fairs as well as public works for city halls (Hilden (2 × 6 meter oil painting) / Meinerzhagen (6 × 18 meter oil painting)), chapels (Salzburg A./Buchet D.).
He studied under Hannelore Köhler at the Academy of Düsseldorf, at the “Escuela Superior de Pintura St. Luc” in Liège, under Prof. Schaffmeister and Prof. Koller in Cologne and at the RWTH Aachen. His subjects were art history, philosophy and German philology in order to deepen his understanding in the great literary picture cycles.
He analysed the old masters like Rubens, Van Dyck, Velázquez etc. in the great museums of the world. He is a member of the Fundación Arte y Autores Contemporáneos in Madrid.
Numerous exhibitions and portraits in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland, the USA and Perú accompany his artistic career as well as participations in many important art fairs and collective exhibitions.
Rafael Ramirez: “Being a painter, composer and also a writer is nothing special. Extraordinary is only the moment, when one is creative.. At the time of the turn of the century, one not only overlooks the last century with its achievements, catastrophes and art developments. At the same time, one also surveys the other centuries, even millennia. It must incite a creative man to reflect the art of these periods. With the greatest possible neutrality, that is, not as an art theorist with certain terms of style, but as unbiased as only a painter can be. “
“Painting is reflective”.
Rafael Ramirez’s abstract spectrum, ranging from the purely abstract to the rich classical repertoire, allows him to let basic approaches of classical elements appear and disappear on one time or another. His paintings are an astonishment of the world of art and one feels his love for it. He does not select art like in todays usual meticulous practice in courting and rejecting, nor does he classify it as “in and out.” His works reflect classical and modern painting without denying the handwriting of an inspired and master painter.
Rafael Ramirez: “As son of the famous painter Antonio Máro I have grown up with modern art. As a four-year-old, my brothers and I were already messing around with the modern sculptures, or we were astonished at the latest light effects of the various biennials, art fairs and exhibitions to which our parents dragged us.”
“I can not understand how one could make a difference between classical and modern art. Both fascinate me and both are alive and up to date. Art is art, and it lives. Anyone who ever tried to copy a Rubens can not get out of the astonishment. Perhaps art critics today should study the classics this way in order to be able to be amazed again and not to tally them.”
Since his 12th year, Rafael Ramirez has been working continuously in the paternal studio and soon became an irreplaceable aid to Antonio Máro’s large public projects. The highlight of this team of father and son was the co-operation of the 17-year-old at the then largest oil painting of the 20th century, 6m x 20m on canvas in Meinerzhagen. Years later the painting of a chapel near Salzburg followed. Ramirez soon went to the largest museums in the world, where he studied the old masters. His father could not teach him anything about these works.
The painter Rafael Ramirez is an artist for humanity. He is a limitless fine man. A conversation with him is always associated with joy and happiness. He respects his parents, takes care of his siblings, observes his surroundings, he is just always present when being addressed to and always ready to help. Accordingly, his artistic activity as a violinist, pianist and, above all, as a painter, is known to the public .
His themes are world themes. He holds “his” people against the light, lets them live, gives them dynamism, shows their smallest and finest impulses, puts them in a poignant atmosphere. In his pictures one experiences the suffering in Auschwitz, the madness of the human being Don Quixote, Despair of a Woyzeck, death in the Requiem of Mozart, the demonic possession of a Don Juan, the openness and trustworthiness of Martin Buber. To paint the human being, showing him in his fundamental and undeveloped depth is his thematic, formal and coloristic concern. He is working restlessly, in order to realize the meeting with “his” people.