Bernadette “Bear” Ramos is a contemporary artist and printmaker based in El Paso, Texas. Her mother is Navajo/Dine and father Mexican. The “cholo/a culture” that Bear grew up in on the West Coast and Bear’s research to recover traditions (not practiced with her at youth) in her parents’ culture influences her work greatly.
Bear combines digital and traditional techniques to produce images. Bear’s preferred medium is printmaking, but has expanded to mix media, installation, and spray paint. The material guides Bear and is treated like a ceremony/dance. Each gesture during the process of a work is just as important as the outcome.