Lesly Ramos (b. 1997) is an undocumented Mexican artist raised in Chicago. She was brought to the U.S. at the age of 5 months & has not returned. Strongly believing that art is a form of healing from traumatic & systemic oppression, she pursued a B.A. in Studio Arts with a concentration in Latin America from St. Olaf College.
Lesly is passionate about raising awareness concerning issues within the Mexican immigrant community & in her neighborhood- Little Village (often referred to as the Mexico of the Midwest)- & exploring her own complex identity. She primarily works with digital illustrations, graphics, &
media elements, but recently has worked with 2D elements.
She hopes to lead an art non-profit that provides undocumented youth a space to explore their creative energy while serving their community needs through art-making. In her free time, she likes to bake + rate coffee shops + dreams of starting her own youtube channel for the 500000+ time.
” My intention behind this piece was not only to bring awareness about this issue that impacts millions but also forcing people, from St. Olaf, to accept that someone like me has shared that space and is part of the community. So issues that impact the undocumented community should be embodied by St. Olaf because there are still plenty of undocumented students on campus and alumni. How can people that embody “community” at St. Olaf use their privilege to take action on and off-campus. To summarize, I want to make this issue personal to St. Olaf. “
Explore more of Lesly’s work on her website