Monica Tanseco Ramos (B. 1989 Manila, Philippines) has based her studio in New York City since graduating from Parsons The New School for Design in 2012. During this time, Ramos has focused primarily on making works on paper using water-based medium, in addition ceramics, publications and small objects. Ramos’ practice explores themes of femininity, sexuality and justice through vulnerability, the body, and interior life.
Her commissioned work creating book covers, surface patterns, adverts and editorial illustration has lead her to collaborate with an array of international institutions such as The New York Times, Google, Chronicle Books, Penguin Random House, the Asian American Literary Review, TED, Hermes, Couch, SM, Stella Artois & Water.org, Lucky Peach, Good Magazine, Rookie Magazine, Philippine Star YStyle, The Fader, and Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.
She has participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally such as A Body Awaits at the Cooler Gallery, NYC, Melted City 4 at Blanc Gallery, Quezon City and CrossLines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality, at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, Washington. She has also won awards with American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators. In 2017, Ramos was provided at travel residency in Jaipur, India, through the Jaunt, for which she was commissioned a series of 38 paintings. She continues to work to find her own soft power and hopes to own a Boston Terrier one day.