Born on the island of Tenerife in 1977, Yapci Ramos lives and works between Barcelona, Tenerife and New York. She earned her Masters in Creative Documentary from the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts & Design London (CSM). Integral to Ramos’ practice are the “time spells” or extend periods of time she spends in different cities (often on the African continent), connecting with each place to produce discreet bodies of work. The resulting oeuvre, according to Seth Cluett “is deeply engaged with the site of production, while at the same time their physical dimension creates a new site in the exhibition space.”
The work of Yapci Ramos is forceful in its subtle simplicity. A multi-media artist of striking complexity, her diverse output is deeply invested in interactions: not the simple interaction of cause and effect, but the interactions that define the subject in relation to the “Other.” With a focus on abstract visual and conceptual relationships, an ability to capture personal moments, and a subtle capacity for implying narrative depth, her artistic output makes the viewer question their assumptions about people and the places they live and work. Ramos’s projects challenge the border of comfort between the body and society while engaging the intricate workings of both internal psychology and external expressions of identity.
Ramos has been an artist-in-residence at “The Fountainhead Residency 2018” in Miami. She has taken part in a large number of international contemporary art biennials in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa: 8ème Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako; II Trienal de Luanda; First Biennale Encounter of Contemporary Caribbean Art, Aruba; 7th Bienal de Sao Tomé e Príncipe; V Bienal de Honduras; IX Bienal de Artes Visuales del Istmo Centroamericano – BAVIC, Guatemala. Her work has also been shown in museums, art centers, galleries, festivals and institutions in numerous countries including at the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea del CCCB, Barcelona; Expo Chicago 2018; Galería Na Solyanke, Moscú; Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Nueva York; CCET Centro Cultural de España en Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Musée d’Histoire la Medecine, París.