Nationality & Life Dates:
American, born Mexico, 1895–1963
Untitled (La Inmaculada)
Crayon, pencil, and watercolor on collaged papers
92 x 45 inches
Purchase with T. Marshall Hahn Folk Art Acquisition Fund for the T. Marshall Hahn Collection
Currently Not on View
During the thirty years Martín Ramírez was hospitalized for schizophrenia, he created a body of powerful artworks built around a group of personal icons, including the Madonna figure he depicted many times.
Ramírez spent his early years in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where he saw Roman Catholic icons, locally carved figures, and regional interpretations of European religious symbols such as the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, or Inmaculada, which presents the Madonna as described in the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelation. Ramírez’s large Inmaculada is dressed in Indian clothing and stands on a globe, like the moon of the traditional Inmaculada.