oil on canvas
101,6 x 76,2 cm (40 x 30 in.) each
verso each signed and dated upper right
The present triptych "Suzie Soup", "Sonja Soup", "Sandy Soup" from 2007 is a concise example of Ramos' affirmative-ironic approach to the visual vocabulary of American consumer culture. Especially in the complex combination of the actresses presented as pin-ups with the Campbells soup cans, which Ramos depicts in the original design of the 1960s, he clearly refers to Andy Warhol, not only thinking along the lines of American consumer history, but also the origin and emergence of American Pop Art. At the same time, Ramos also draws on his own artistic past with this work, which is part of the so-called "Lost Paintings of 1965" series. In this series, Ramos takes up his own unrealised pictorial ideas from the 1960s, which he now transfers into a contemporary context, for example, by portraying the faces of the actresses Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston, as well as those of the Swiss entertainer Michelle Hunziker. The portrayal of his female protagonists in combination with consumer goods and food has become even more glamorous and thus corresponds to an image of femininity shaped and filtered by contemporary media.