CREATIVE . ADVOCATE . COLLECTOR . FOUNDER
Ramona E. Davis (b. 1962, Kansas City, KS lives in Washington D.C.) is an American abstract painter and photographer. Her paintings are inspired by the spirit of the African and African American aesthetics as it relates to Black identity and the Black experience. She aspires to celebrate the BIPOC - Black, Indigenous, People of Color heritage on canvass. Davis’ photographic works focus on capturing ambient light in natural authentic moments be it a solitary subject, a beautifully sun lit landscape or urban environment. As an emerging artist, she has exhibited in the "Who Does She Think She Is" exhibition with InterUrban Arthouse, AAAC Residency 2018, and Testimony: African American Artists Collective with the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art 2021.
Davis believes that art is fundamental to the human experience and activates that belief through supporting the arts/artists, arts advocacy and collecting art. She has served and/or collaborated with several Kansas City cultural organizations: KC Museum, One Percent for the Arts, Art In the Loop, Arts & Aging, Women Who Lead In the Arts (UMKC), and InterUrban ArtHouse.
While sales and marketing makeup a large part of her professional work experience, her arts-related positions include Gallery Manager at The Central Park Gallery, Constituent Relations Marketing Manager at Mid-America Arts Alliance, and Founder of the KC Black Arts Network (KCBAN). KCBAN exists as an “advocate for local artists of color”. The goal of the network is “to cultivate and support experiences between artists of color and art enthusiasts.” The Network supports the arts community with advocacy, social media promotion, artist talks as well as curating exhibitions. Past curated exhibitions include The Soul of Art Pop Up Gallery with Black Art In America and The Black Archives of Mid America KC, November 2014; Reflecting The Times: Artworks by Harold Smith, Stefan Jones, and Jason Piggie at The Box Gallery, September 2016; Colour Portraits: Unconventional Admiration at ArtsKC, February 2017; co-curator for a group show for the African American Artists Collective (AAAC) at Tomahawk Community Center, September 2017; and Depictions: People, Places and Things for the Black Archives of Kansas City, February 2018.
Davis and her husband, Eugene, are avid art collectors with over 60 original works consisting of paintings, photography, textiles and sculpture. A few artists in their collection include Ed Dwight, Dean Mitchell, Charles Bibbs, Harold Smith, Stefan Jones, Jason Wilcox, Najee Dorsey, and Warren 'Stylez' Harvey.
Davis is an active member of the African American Artist Collective, Women’s Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, DC, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and board member of the Patrice's Culinary Collective. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Kansas and has significant course work in graphic design as well as color theory, painting, and photography from the Kansas City Art Institute.