Joshua J. Ramirez

  • Visual Arts
  • Pico Rivera, CA

Joshua J. Ramirez (He/His) is a brown-indigenous social practice artist, museum arts administrator, and cultural practitioner. Using his own mental illness and disability as a platform for systemic change, he started his nonprofit, Saint Remy Arts & Culture, which provides transformative and cultural spaces for individuals with mental illness, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts through the creative process of art. Building on this experience, he continues as a public speaker with the National Alliance on Mental Illness where he pioneered two nationwide programs: Parents and Teachers as Allies and Ending the Silence. Intentional in his own practice, his sculpture, photography, and paintings focus on the complexity of the human condition, exploring themes of abandonment, childhood trauma, and working-class race relations in the U.S. He has a BA in art from the University of Southern California and an MA in art education. He currently works in Youth Development Programs at the J. Paul Getty Center in Los Angeles.