Dean Ramos

Art Instructor

Dean Ramos grew up in Chicago and discovered his proclivity for art while in elementary school.

“I was always drawing,” he says. “Around fourth or fifth grade I was drawing well and I knew it was inevitable that I was meant to be an artist.”

Ramos received a Bachelor of Arts in painting and drawing from North Park University in Chicago in 1996; and in 2002 he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico. His drawings, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Japan.

Ramos gained experience teaching a variety of art classes at the University of New Mexico, Rio Grand High School and the Hardwood Art Center in Albuquerque. He has also displayed his artwork in galleries across the United States, including an October 2005 exhibition in the Kruglak Gallery at MiraCosta College.

“When I came for the exhibition in October, I had the chance to meet MiraCosta students and faculty,” says Ramos. “I was really impressed.”

A full-time art instructor at MiraCosta College since 2006, Ramos has taught a variety of classes, including Art 205, Painting; Art 100, Drawing; Art 203, Life Drawing; Art 217, Figure Sculpture; and Art 103, Sculpture.

“Working with students inspires me,” he explains. “I love to see them get excited about learning and help them discover what they are passionate about.”

During the fall 2010 semester, Ramos and his sculpture students created Passage,an art installation at the Art Produce Gallery in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. An article about Ramos written by Jim Chute of the San Diego Union-Tribune, included images of his students helping create the installation can be found on Ramos’ Web site:

Ramos, along with English and literature instructor Jose Jara, is an adviser to the Barrio Arte Club. Throughout 2011 the students in Barrio Arte will be working with artist Roberto Salas ( to create a variety of large-scale public murals. These projects are being funded by a grant from the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation. All MiraCosta students are welcome to join the Barrio Arte Club.