Tía Chuck: A Portrait of Chuck Ramirez is the captivating feature length directorial debut by filmmakers Angela and Mark Walley chronicling the life and work of the late artist Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010). A native San Antonian, Ramirez had a successful career in graphic design and advertising before he came unto his own as a conceptual artist in his early thirties. Ramirez was a charismatic and integral part of a flourishing contemporary art scene in San Antonio and saw his HIV+ diagnosis in the early 1990s as motivation to pursue his dream of becoming a successful artist. Primarily employing large-scale photography, Ramirez’s artworks investigate everyday life and are charged with metaphors of cultural identity, sexuality, and mortality.
Before his untimely death in 2010, Ramirez became a central and larger-than-life figure in San Antonio’s art community, playing the role of artist, host, supporter and advocate for contemporary art, and exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Chuck's legacy continues to impact the San Antonio art community through the Casa Chuck Residency Program, which provides curators and writers a haven for varied creative pursuits in Ramirez’ former abode. In 2017 The McNay Art Museum hosted Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too, the first significant survey of Chuck's work and the largest exhibition by a South Texas Artist in San Antonio. In 2012 The Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired his work for the institution’s permanent collection and through the work of Ruiz-Healy Art, the exclusive representative for the estate of Chuck Ramirez, his artwork continues to exhibit around the world.
Running Time: 63 Minutes
2018 Screening Dates TBA
Chuck Ramirez as “Tia Chuck” by Ethel Shipton, 2002