Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010)
Photo by Jannette Morales
We are currently in production on Tía Chuck, a documentary film following the life and work of the late artist and graphic designer Chuck Ramirez. On November 6, 2010 Chuck Ramirez died after falling off his bike less than a block from his home in Southtown. It was then that we began documenting a community deeply affected by the untimely loss of a larger-than-life artist, who many felt was the heart of the art community. Tía Chuck will utilize footage captured in the days following the artist’s death, interviews conducted with Ramirez before his passing, archive footage and photographs collected from family and friends, and newly shot footage to illustrate stories told by those closest to him. This documentary film will ensure that his legacy lives on – bringing his remarkable life and work to new audiences.
Candy Tray Series: Black Heart, 2008
Courtesy of Ruiz-Healy Art
A native San Antonian, Ramirez had a successful career in graphic design and advertising before he came unto his own as a conceptual artist in his early thirties. Primarily employing large-scale photography, Ramirez’s pieces investigate the rituals and forms of everyday life and are charged with metaphors of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and mortality. Piñatas, candy trays, brooms, a Whataburger cup – Chuck Ramirez’s work recontextualizes objects from the banal to the extraordinary. Working with materials and images that are part of his daily life – a life impacted by being HIV positive – Ramirez transformed the language and power of advertising into a call for action and compassion, expression, and self-actualization. Throughout the final fifteen years of his life, Ramirez played an active role in the community as a fundraiser and advocate for contemporary art and exhibited his work nationally and internationally.
Thanks to Hatchfund.org, you can now make a tax-deductible donation to our project. Donate at the link below, any donation amount is greatly appreciated. ¡Viva Tía Chuck!
Donate now: Tía Chuck on Hatchfund
We’ve chosen Hatchfund.org because we wanted to partner with a nonprofit organization whose mission is dedicated to supporting the work of artists. This service is free for the artist, provides fully tax-deductible contributions, and one-on-one support to us throughout our fundraising campaign. The additional donations (10% minimum in total) that you pay for administration of the campaign goes towards a nonprofit committed to cultural advocacy.
Interviewing Ken Little in his studio for Tía Chuck
We have experience producing over forty short documentary films following artists and non-profit art organizations in Texas. We are building on that experience to produce this project, which will be our most ambitious film to date. We estimate the length will be between 30-45 minutes. Funding will go towards additional video equipment costs, production costs for cinematic recreation scenes, and our time filming, editing, and composing an original score for this film. We are fundraising with the hope of completing the film by the end of the year and having screenings early next year. Follow production at www.TiaChuck.com.
Thank you for your support!