Art of the American West

Ramon Kelly

American/Wyoming/Colorado (b.1939)


Ramon KellyRamon Kelley is among the most recognized and collected artists in the U.S. He works in watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil paint and charcoal.  He has produced many fine art landscapes but is most famous for his insightful character portraits and his reflective nudes, almost always of beautiful Hispanic or Indian women.  Earning recognition as a young artists and continuing to grow professionally, Ramon Kelley credits Russian artist Nicolai Fechin as a major influence on his strong figural painting.  Kelley says, “There is no more beautiful landscape in the world than that of the female figure” (Southwest Art Magazine 5/98)

His works are in many collections, including at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts and the US Military Academy Museum at West Point. Ramon Kelley has been featured in many magazines including “Southwest Art” and “Art of the West”.  Best known for his insightful portraits and classic nudes, Ramon and his wife are residents of Denver, Colorado.