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Painting on the radio is like fish on bicycles, except if you are POCHO amigo Ramiro Gomez, Jr., whose artistic mission is to represent the usually invisible immigrant laborers who keep America running.

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ramiro-gomez-750We’ve been celebrating the artwork of SoCal’s Ramiro Gomez, Jr. since 2012 and we’re thrilled he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves. Just this week he was named one of OUT magazine’s OUT100 (photo), and The Atlantic featured him in a video: [Mas…]

ramiroLos Angeles artist Ramiro Gomez, Jr. first captured our attention when he began placing carboard cutouts of immigrant laborers in front of fancy mansions in Beverly Hills. Why? He wanted to celebrate the workers who are usually invisible by making them visible for all to see.

Gomez subsequently began creating cutouts memorializing immigrants who died on their journey to El Norte, and installed these new figures in the Sonoran desert on the border with Mexico.

Gomez and his partner David Feldman documented the project in Los Olivados — The Forgotten. Their documentary — which has been playing the film festival circuit for a year — is now online for the first time.

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gomezgoldenglobesOur amigo artist Ramiro Gomez writes:

For the many who were not thanked Sunday night, for those that help keep the Hollywood engine running steadily, behind the scenes: Congratulations!

[10 x 12 in. Acrylic on magazine advertisement. 2015.]

[Editor’s Note: Ramiro names all his subjects. For best performance using a leafblower…*drum roll*….AURELIO!]

bigramiroWe first met West Hollywood artist Ramiro Gomez when he began placing his hand-painted cardboard figures of immigrant laborers in prominent public spaces in Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Even as his audience has expanded via out-of-town art exhibits and a documentary film, he still plants cutout cardboard workers in places where their real-life counterparts have been before. Gomez’ aim? To make workers who are normally INVISIBLE become visible to passersby who look away or look but never see.

This gardener with a hose popped up Wednesday just before sunset in Beverly Hills near that famous hotel. Like all Gomez’ creations, he has a name. Meet Sergio. [Mas…]

Behind the scenes at the L.A. County Museum of Art (photos)

by Comic Saenz June 6, 2014 Cartoons
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POCHO amigo Ramiro Gomez, a SoCal guerrilla artist who we first met when he started placing cardboard cut-outs of previously-invisible immigrant workers around Beverly Hills and Hollywood, now has his work in art museums (as well as in the homes of private art collectors.) Recently, he visited to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art […]

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Ramiro Gomez: ‘Silvia waiting for her check’ (toon)

by Cartoonistas September 17, 2013 Cartoons
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Artist Ramiro Gomez — whose work aims to make visible the usually-invisible immigrant laborers who keep Los Angeles running — writes: Painting directly on the magazine is therapeutic for me to express the brief moments in life I see at the end of a long work day in private households. I ask myself many questions […]

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Flowers that bloom in Bel-Air, tra la, need immigrant gardeners (fotos)

by Comic Saenz April 3, 2013 Cultura
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Installation artist Ramiro Gomez — who makes invisible immigrant laborers visible by installing cardboard cutout painted figures around Los Angeles neighborhoods — emailed Tuesday evening: My newest piece is in front of a home in Bel-Air. I drove around for a while looking for a place that felt right. At first I placed them in […]

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Meanwhile, at the White House, this was happening (photo)

by Comic Saenz February 12, 2013 Cartoons
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This just in from our friend, installation artist Ramiro Gomez Jr., who is in Washington, D.C. It looks like an immigrant family was at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue today, on the outside looking in. Even the Washington Post paid attention. Here’s the full-sized photo — click to enlarge:

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On Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, it looks a bit like Christmas (photos)

by Comic Saenz December 11, 2012 Cultura
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Ramiro J. Gomez is a West Hollywood installation artist who makes and places cardboard avatars of immigrant laborers around Southern California’s richer neighborhoods; his mission is to make normally invisible people visible, if just for a short time. Monday around 4:30 Gomez was busy populating the cardboard labor force on Beverly Hills‘ famed shopping street, […]

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Ramiro says his name is Antonio – here is his life so far (photos)

by HABLO PICASSO August 30, 2012 Cartoons
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Installation artist and painter Ramiro “Jay” Gomez continues to populate the streets of Southern California with immigrant laborers painted on cardboard.  His quest? To make visible the invisible people who keep L.A. — and Beverly Hills — running. Here, in the artist’s photographs, is the life story of Ramiro’s newest creation, the guy who sells […]

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Latino workers leap ONTO the pages of glossy magazines *UPDATED

by PANCHO PICASSO June 28, 2012 Cartoons
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UPDATE: Ramiro Gomez on NPR: 6/29/2012: Click here. West Hollywood artist Ramiro “Jay” Gomez Jr. – the guy who inserts cardboard paintings of immigrant laborers into the real landscape of Los Angeles – also paints them onto glossy magazine photos. Meet fresh uploads Nemesio at the end of his workday and Ofelia taking a break. […]

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Cinco de Mayo installation art in Beverly Hills (video and photos)

by Comic Saenz May 5, 2012 Cultura
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Ramiro Gomez is an installation artist who makes the invisible visible by inserting cardboard versions of usually-overlooked Mexican laborers into actual settings. Last night he emailed: Fresh piece I just installed this afternoon on the westbound corner of Mountain Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. If you’re driving around that part of town, stop […]

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Ñewsweek: New Mexico wants tourists — light-skinned tourists

by Comic Saenz March 25, 2012 El Now
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This POCHO ñewsweek is brought to you in living — and dying — color. In the Southwest, New Mexico’s tourist board is casting a commercial to promote visits to the state. Who do they want to play the tourists in their commercial? “Caucasians and light-skinned Hispanics.” And in the Southeast, Florida cowers in the Spotlight […]

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Photos: He’s a real nowhere man lost in paletero land

by SOY CAPITAN March 23, 2012 Cultura
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Artist Ramiro Gomez, Jr. makes the invisible visible as he inserts cardboard images of hardworking Latinos into the landscape of Los Angeles and documents his installation art with photos. At half-past midnight he emailed POCHO: I went up to Hollywood Blvd. this afternoon and put up my newest cardboard installation. It is on the corner […]

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You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard

by Soy Capitan February 28, 2012 Cultura
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“You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, some that you recognise, some that you’ve hardly even heard of. People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame, some who succeeded and some who suffered in vain,” according to the Kinks. But artist Ramiro Gomez Jr. — whose art installations make […]

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Ñewsy Week: Daniel D Portado returns, AL ♥ CA y much more

by Comic Saenz February 5, 2012 El Now
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A busy ñewsweek brought the return to glory of the original self-deportationist, Daniel D. Portado, who, it turns out, is a fictional character created by POCHO Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz; an Alabama plan to import Canadians to replace the immigrant labor that used to keep the state running; and militant MEChA murmurings about the Lack of […]

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The astounding ‘installation art’ of Ramiro Gomez, Jr.

by Comic Saenz February 3, 2012 Cultura
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Artist Ramiro Gomez, Jr. makes the invisible visible as he inserts paper images of hardworking Latinos into the landscape of Los Angeles — a gardener with a leaf blower, a housekeeper with a mop. There are many more images on his Happy Hills blog where he describes himself this way: I live and work as […]

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