Biography of John Ramos

Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, John came to California with his family as a small child, and grew up in the Los Angeles area in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  In the painting “Recuerdos de California”(Memories of California), you see the house he grew up in, with his 1954 Buick parked in front, his Mother’s embroidered tablecloth, and her ceramic flamingo sitting on the window-sill.

Ramos started surfing in High School, and bought his first Woody (see picture below) while attending Compton Junior College to carry both his surfboard and his canvases for paintings as he drove up and down HWY1.

He transferred to California State University Long Beach, where he studied Graphic Design, Painting, Illustration, and Industrial design.   After college, he worked for CBS TV designing the sets for various TV shows, and then went out on his own with a design studio in the City of Orange called The Sunshine Studios.

Pictured below is his first flying trip to Baja California, in a DC3, to the town of Mulege on the Sea of Cortez.  He met Marcos Rochas who took him out to the islands in the Sea of Cortez, where he did a photo shoot for a brochure he was designing for scuba-diving equipment.  He would return many times to the town of Mulege to paint and continue to explore the Baja Peninsula for inspiration over the next 20 years and create paintings that reflect the culture of Baja & the coastal towns of mainland Mexico.


In 1971, he moved to Laguna Beach, CA to participate in the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and at the same time established John Ramos Design as well known advertising and marketing studio, with corporate clients throughout California & Hawaii. His studio was located above the Jolly Roger Restaurant on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Laguna Street, and he was there for ten years looking out on Main Beach and the Hotel Laguna. It was in this studio that he created the famous “Hussong’s Cantina” print in 1972, and later in 1980 started publishing his own prints with the first four released at the Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival that year.

The first four Fine Art Prints were created from watercolor paintings that captured the essence of a place everyone likes to vacation and each one had a tropical bird as the main subject.  These prints are four color lithographs, printed on acid free Strathmore paper,  with foil stampings and embossings that were very elaborate in their printing technique.

“Hussong’s Cantina”, Ensenada,MX     “Laguna Beach Cockatoo”   “Catalina Island Pelican”   “Palm Springs Macaw”

The Bath SKU: The Bath Bath time with my corona beer   Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s he continued to create and publish fine art limited edition prints.  Showing at the International Art Expos in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, selling to galleries from all over the United States and abroad established his publishing company.

In 1987 John moved to the small town of Los Osos, California, set up his studio, opened a small local art gallery, and continued to paint new paintings, publish his prints, and do special corporate and private commissions. The RAMOS GALLERY was a warehouse that he complete re-designed & added a custom framing studio and showroom space.

  After one year, the gallery outgrew the space on Sunset Drive, so in 1995 we moved to the City of San Luis Obispo. The RAMOS GALLERY quickly became a very popular and successful gallery for more than ten years.

RAMOS GALLERY, 385 So. Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, California   1995-2004 

Loreto GalleryIn 2005, John moved to the town of Loreto, on the Sea of Cortez, in Baja California Sur, into a 100-year-old adobe building that he restored back to its original beauty.  Galeria Ramos was opened on the Plaza de Loreto, with his studio and home behind the gallery in a beautiful tropical garden setting. After living in Baja California for five years, he and his wife Donna returned to their home on the Central Coast of California in 2010, where John continues to create new paintings.

In November of 2012, the new JOHN RAMOS GALLERY opened in the quaint Coastal town of Morro Bay,  just off HWY1 at Morro Bay Blvd., four blocks towards the bay to 407 Morro Bay Blvd.  Many Original Paintings and over 50 Fine Art Prints are hanging on the large brick walls, with a Custom Framing Studio designing high quality framing customized for each work of art.

Our Gallery Hours:  Wed.-Sunday.  11-5pm, 12-4 on Sunday.  Or by appointment.  805-772-4700

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