Day 1


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Traditional Aztec dancers will ceremonially open our week-long alter building by cleansing each Tree of Life site.


Jose Ramirez is an artist.  In the past 23 years, he has illustrated children’s books, painted murals and completed commissions for numerous organizations and individuals.

Ramirez is also an educator.  He has taught in LAUSD for over 23 years and is currently teaching 3rd grade at Esperanza Elementary in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles.

He received a BFA (1990) and an MFA (1993) in art from UC Berkeley.  In 1995, he received a California Teaching Credential from CSULA.  In 2001, he received the California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship.

In 2016, he completed commissions for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Trejo’s Tacos (Hollywood), Alliance for California Traditional Arts, LA Taiko Project, and the California Community Foundation.  He worked with Altamed, UC Berkeley, Mother’s Club (Pasadena), University of La Verne, Inner City Struggle, Community Coalition and Self Help Graphics.  His painting Garden Tour, was featured on the CBS TV show, The Good Wife.  He is currently working on a children’s book about the life of Carlos Santana, for Atheneum Books.

He is the proud father of 3 daughters: Tonantzin, Luna and Sol.