Born in Brooklyn NY, Ramona Candy earned a degree in Art at CCNY, while simultaneously studying dance in studios throughout NYC. Her passion for dance developed into a performing and teaching career spanning over 25 years.
While sharing pride in her Caribbean heritage; growing up in Brooklyn; and her long dance career, Ramona uses color, movement and texture to create vivid, choreographically inspired collages and hand-pulled prints. "Having communicated through movement most of my life, it's only natural that it manifests in my works on paper and canvas."
She is currently working on a new body of work -- portrait sketches in acrylic and collage – which is a slight departure from her exuberant statements on culture and dance. Generated by a year of social media posts celebrating black history, Ramona refers to googled bios and images to celebrate history by creating visual stories with paper, acrylic, texture, color.
As with all her works, Ramona captures the heart and soul -- of people, places and situations. She is a motivational artist.
Her own work has been exhibited at galleries throughout New York City and the tri-state area, and can be found in private and public collections including the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, Dunn Development Corporation, and collections in Sao Paulo, Brasil.
She continues to involve herself in the community where one of her positions is Director of St. Joseph’s College Council for the Arts creating arts programming designed for the college and neighboring communities.
Ramona, who works from her home studio in Clinton Hill, is an occasional blogger and can be found at www.ramonacandy.blogspot.com.