Graduate student Sofie Ramos is pursuing her M.F.A. in Art Practice
Sofie Ramos is pursuing her M.F.A. in Art Practice

Sofie Ramos likes mixing things up. After graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in Visual Art, she switched coasts and headed to Berkeley to pursue an M.F.A. in Art Practice. In her own practice, she enjoys mixing materials, colors and patterns, even objects using a montage technique.

“I work at the intersection of painting, sculpture and installation,” said Sofie Ramos. “The layering and juxtaposition of elements creates and disrupts space, revealing ambiguous relationships between material actuality and perception.”

A recipient of the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, Ramos says her program is “perfect for me in a lot of ways” and the “intimate environment of graduate students and professors provides a great support system and a comfortable and productive way for me to learn and develop as an artist.” She loves working her studio at the UC and Richmond Bay Campus (formerly Richmond Field Station).

During their last year, M.F.A. students work with a committee of advisors. Ramos is using the opportunity to work with advisors Associate Professor Brody Reiman, Associate Professor Greg Niemeyer, English Professor Lyn Hejinian and Linda Geary, painting chair at California College of the Arts.

Play is also a major part of Ramos’ practice when exploring different materials and compositions, such as drywall, house paint, spray paint, paper, wood, string and objects she recycles. “I use an accumulation process with materials in my studio not unlike the accumulation that happens in my compositions,” she said.

Ramos is now looking forward to her M.F.A. thesis show opening on May 15, 2015 and hopes to find more opportunities to exhibit, whether on campus or in the community. You can view her artwork at and check out her winning Berkeley Fellows Video.