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Joseph Luis Ramirez
Joseph Luis Ramirez is founder and principal artist of AXIS MUNDI Studios, which has been creating and renovating sacred spaces for over 12 years, and in the process has developed a reputation as one of the premiere liturgical artists in the country. A native Californian of Hispanic / Irish descent, Ramirez studied furniture design in England, theology in France and art / restoration at Chicago's School of the Art Institute.

A commission by the Benedictine sisters at St. Scholastica Priory in Chicago, to initially restore priceless Beuronese frescoes in their chapel, extended into a seven year project that entailed the renovation of the entire worship space. Included were original designs for a new altar, ambo, choir chairs, tabernacle, floor and lighting. The magnificent result of the project not only brought Ramirez national notoriety, but gave him the inspiration to conceive and found AXIS MUNDI Studios.

Apart from AXIS MUNDI, Ramirez continues his own visionary painting style, a confluence of many inspirations including; the imagery of early cinema, California landscape, and revered artists such as William Turner and Velasquez. This work is consistently collected by individuals and institutions.

As well as an artist and restorer, Ramirez is a published poet and a film director. His 1992 hour-long dream narrative DESCENT, and 1994 feature-length narrative VIRIDIAN both opened to packed houses and critical acclaim at The Film Center in Chicago. DESCENT was based on his in-depth studies of the English mystical poet and painter, William Blake. VIRIDIAN was penned by renowned Chicago Poet, Paul Hoover.

 

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