ABOUT THE ARTIST

RAMON PABLO VIDALI painted life in the Castro in the 1970s and 1980s which included expressive street scenes, store fronts, nudes, drag queens as well as one of his favorite subjects, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  

These vibrant paintings artistically and historically chronicled a now-important era of gay activity in the United States, uniquely capturing the cultural and political expression of the time -- particularly in San Francisco which had become a gay mecca for men and women around the world.

 

On Canvas, Ramon artistically captured a historical moment gay history in San Francisco that he himself was experiencing, including the important literary expression of the time with Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and the epic political expression of the time with the movement that was occurring around Harvey Milk.

 

It has been said that Ramon's paintings are an absolute representation of the Castro at the time and his work has historical importance.

 

This art collection is presented by Eric Nelson and Mark Hackbarth on behalf of their late uncle, John Lough of San Francisco.

RAMON PABLO VIDALI

1938-1985