Sandra M. Ramirez Velez in The Ramp Gallery, January 10–February 11, 2017

Sandra’s art strives to bring forth positive images of queer and trans* people of color (QTPOC) in their daily lives and to demonstrate their extraordinary beauty, resilience, and strength; her photography serves to contradict stereotypes and dominant narratives of what it means to be a QTPOC and resist the forced marginalization of these communities. Sandra documents the vast spectrum of gender identities and expressions that allow folks to witness, feel seen, and be reflected in each other. Her work creates vital imagery that contributes to queer and trans* archives for generations to come. The energy that erupts from her images declare:

“We existed and we exist, we thrived and continue to thrive, we struggle with and for each other, we are beautiful and powerful, we live on continuing the journey of those who came before and paved our way”.

Sandra’s photography is rooted in her intuition and empathic abilities, unconstrained by any formal photography training. Her passion for texture, color, light, and emotion in their raw simplicity reflects not only her attraction to people’s essence and their spirit, the connectedness between her and her subjects, but also Sandra’s ability to see beauty and magic in the common daily life of QTPOC.

Listen to the artist talk about their work in their own words:

Meet the Artist
Sandra M. Ramirez Velez will be at SOMArts on January 26th , 6–9pm. Visit The Ramp Gallery for a chance to meet the artist, talk about their work and inspiration, have a drink and enjoy their awesome artwork! While you’re here, stop by the opening reception of our Main Gallery exhibition, We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex WorkA cash bar will be available all evening.

About Sandra M. Ramirez Velez
Sandra is a student at the Community College of San Francisco studying Queer, Gender and Latin American Studies and soon will transfer to San Francisco State University where she will pursue an undergraduate academic degree in all of these areas.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Image credit: Sandra M. Ramirez Velez, Ready, Photgraphy, 2015.