Born in Brooklyn NY, Ramona began creating as a child. Her mother was a dressmaker and, in her family’s tiny apartment, Ramona and her siblings were surrounded by fabrics, colors, and patterns which, she says, had a great influence on her life, and helped developed her love for the arts. Growing up in a tight knit family, she also had a young aunt who regularly put her through the motions of dance and song. Although Ramona never inherited great sewing technique, she definitely inherited her mother’s creativity. Ramona earned a degree in Art at CCNY, while also studying dance in studios throughout NYC. Her passion for dance blossomed into a performing and teaching career spanning over 25 years.
“Having communicated through movement most of my life, it’s only natural that it manifests in my works on paper and canvas. While it is in dance that I found voice, passion, and connection with culture and personal heritage, I continue to explore cultural completion in my works on paper and canvas. It is in this journey that rhythms emerge, colors vibrate, boundaries are shattered -- and movement is constant. I call myself a “choreographer on canvas.
Throughout my process, vivid moments from my dance career, my rich Caribbean heritage and a happy childhood in Bedford Stuyvesant inspire me. There is no separation between my passion for dance, culture and heritage and the enthusiasm I have for the work I create on canvas and paper.”
A multifaceted artist, Ramona continues to involve herself in her community by teaching dance workshops and curating exhibitions at St. Joseph’s College, where she sits on the College’s Arts Council. Once a regular performer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceAfrica in the ‘70’s, she came full circle as her work was chosen as the official featured art for DanceAfrica 2010. She has exhibited at galleries throughout New York City and the tri-state area, and her work can be found in private and public collections including the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Dunn Development Corporation, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura - MuBE Sao Paolo and Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo, Brasil. She has shown work in various galleries including Tabla Rasa Gallery; Kenkeleba House, Corridor Gallery; Bronx Community College; Astor Theatre, Pen and Brush, Rush Arts at Pfizer Corporation, Taller Boricua, Hudson Guild Gallery, NYC; Hanson Gallery, Honesdale, PA; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; Graphias Casa da Gravura, Sao Paolo, Brazil; and Bravura Gallery in Southampton.
She has been awarded honors for excellence in her art as well as for her work in the community. She has taken classes at Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and currently works with master printmaker Sheila Goloborotko at her studio in DUMBO. Ramona maintains her own studio in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn and her blog, “Now, All I Need is the Cape” can be found at www.ramonacandy.blogspot.com.