Ramón Hurtado (b. 1989) is a contemporary landscape and genre painter living in Los Angeles. His work aims to capture the always mysterious and sometimes mystical aspects of life in Los Angeles, exploring the customs of different groups of people and responding to the rich aesthetic experiences created by the desert sun. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Ramón began studying art independently at age 15, learning from the masters and working extensively from life. While pursuing a degree in Animation at USC, Ramón also underwent a rigorous course of study in figure drawing, anatomy, composition and landscape painting under master artists Glenn Vilppu and Will Weston. Through USC, he received a scholarship to study figure painting under Adrian Gottlieb. After graduation, Ramón was awarded First Prize in Lucasfilm’s Student Art Competition, which allowed him to move to Washington DC for 9 months to continue his studies with renowned figure painter Robert Liberace. While there, he studied the works of Fortuny, Villegas and Rico at the Walters Museum of Art. During this time, he also became a recipient of the prestigious Stacey Scholarship. Since 2012, Ramón has taught drawing and painting in Los Angeles and in Mexico. Ramón has exhibited at the National Cowboy Museum, the Autry National Center, USC Fisher Museum and the LA Art Show. His work hangs in the collections of USC’s Doheny Library, the Ronald Tutor center, the Lucasfilm Art Collection, and various private patrons.