Gallery Artists > Ramon Kelley Biography :

Ramon Kelley (b. 1939)  Artworks >>

Organizations* : AAA, AWS, NAWA, OPA, PSA

Earning recognition as a young artist and continuing to grow professionally, Ramon Kelley, credits Russian artist Nicolai Fechin as a major influence on his strong figural painting. Kelley says "there is no more beautiful landscape in the world than that of the female figure" (Southwest Art 5/98). He spent four years in the Navy and then got a scholarship to the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver to train as an illustrator. But his favorite class was the life-drawing class taught by Charlie Dye, one of the founders of the Cowboy Artists of America. After the birth of his first child, he went to work as a catalog illustrator but continued painting at night. A gallery in Taos began carrying his work, and this exposure launched him as a fine artist. He is a resident of Denver, Colorado. Source:

  • AAA = Allied Artists of America
  • AWS = American Watercolor Society
  • NAWA = National Academy of Western Artists
  • OPA = Oil Painters of America
  • PSA = Painters Society of America
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