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Ramona Candy

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Born in Brooklyn NY, Ramona began creating as a child. Her mother was a dressmaker and, in her family’s tiny apartment, Ramona and her siblings were surrounded by fabrics, colors, and patterns which, she says, had a great influence on her life, and helped developed her love for the arts. Growing up in a tight knit family, she also had a young aunt who regularly put her through the motions of dance and song. Although Ramona never inherited great sewing technique, she definitely inherited her mother’s creativity. Ramona went on to earn a degree in Art at CCNY, while also studying dance in studios throughout NYC. Her passion for dance blossomed into a performing and teaching career spanning over 25 years.

“Having communicated through movement most of my life, it’s only natural that it manifests in my works on paper and canvas. While it is in dance that I found voice, passion, and connection with culture and personal heritage, my goal is to continue exploring cultural completion in my works on paper and canvas. It is in this journey that rhythms emerge, colors vibrate, boundaries are shattered -- and movement is constant. I call myself a “choreographer on canvas.

Throughout my process, vivid moments from my dance career, my rich Caribbean heritage and a happy childhood in Bedford Stuyvesant inspire me. There is no separation between my passion for dance, culture and heritage and the enthusiasm I have for the work I create on canvas and paper.”

A multifaceted artist, Ramona continues to involve herself in her community. She frequently teaches dance workshops at St. Joseph’s College, where she also sits on the College Arts Council. She has served as artistic director and sat on the board of several arts organizations in Brooklyn and has won several honors for excellence in art as well as her community work. She was the featured artist for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceAfrica 2010 and The International African Arts Festival 2006. Her art can be found in several public collections including the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, several projects of Dunn Development Corporation, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura - MuBE Sao Paolo and Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo, Brasil. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries including Tabla Rasa Gallery; Kenkeleba House, Corridor Gallery; Bronx Community College; Astor Theatre, Pen and Brush, Rush Arts at Pfizer Corporation, Taller Boricua, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC; Hanson Gallery, Honesdale, PA; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; Graphias Casa da Gravura, Sao Paolo, Brazil; and Bravura Gallery in Southampton.

Ramona maintains a studio in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

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