Tía Chuck: A Portrait of Chuck Ramirez is the captivating feature length directorial debut by filmmakers Angela and Mark Walley chronicling the life and work of the late artist Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010). A native San Antonian, Ramirez had a successful career in graphic design and advertising before he came unto his own as a conceptual artist in his early thirties. Ramirez was a charismatic and integral part of a flourishing contemporary art scene in San Antonio and saw his HIV+ diagnosis in the early 1990s as motivation to pursue his dream of becoming a successful working artist. Primarily employing large-scale photography, Ramirez’s artworks investigate everyday life and are charged with metaphors of cultural identity, sexuality, and mortality.

Chuck Ramirez
Pinata Series: Gregory, 2002 
Whatacup, 2002
Courtesy Ruiz-Healy Art

Before his untimely death in a bicycle accident in 2010, Ramirez had become a central and larger-than-life figure in San Antonio’s art community. He was a dedicated supporter and advocate for contemporary art and prolific artist who successfully exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Chuck's legacy continues to impact the San Antonio art community through the Casa Chuck Residency Program, which provides curators and writers a haven for their creative pursuits in Ramirez’ former abode. In 2017, The McNay Art Museum hosted "Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too”, the first significant survey of Ramirez's work and the largest exhibition to date by a South Texas Artist in San Antonio. In 2012, The Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired Ramirez's work for the institution’s permanent collection and through the work of Ruiz-Healy Art, the exclusive representative for the estate of Chuck Ramirez, his artwork continues to be regularly exhibited and collected around the world.

Filmmakers Angela and Mark Walley pictured at Casa Chuck, 2018


Directed & Edited by
Angela and Mark Walley

Angela Walley
Producer / Interviews / Archive Research / Production Coordinator

Mark Walley
Director of Photography / Music Composer / Production Design
Chuck Ramirez
Charles Ramirez
Patricia Marcus
Jeff Adams
David S. Rubin
Henry Estrada
Bettie Ward
Franco Mondini-Ruiz
Alejandro Diaz
Chris Sauter
Mike Casey
Rick Frederick

Rick Liberto
Lori and Joel Dunlap
Rudy Choperena
Stephen Marcus
Christopher Marcus
Tom Trevino
Steven Kluck
Julián Castro
Claudia Arozqueta
Kristy Perez

And Reuben Frey as Young Chuck

This Film is Supported by
The Idea Fund
The Artist Foundation of San Antonio
City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture
H-E-B Grocery Store Company
Rick Liberto

Fiscal Sponsor
AIM | Hatchfund

Thank You
Anjali Gupta • Bill Fitzgibbons• Carla Stellweg • Carol Martelle Tatum• Chris Hill • Cynthia Toles • Hills Snyder • Jesse Amado • John Mata • Justin Parr • Katy Siegel • Ken Little • Lars Hundere • Marsha Twomey • Michele Monseau • Nate Cassie • Pat & Bud Smothers • Sarah Fisch • Scott Lifshutz • Warren Borror • Zane Lewis

Thanks to our Donors
Amelia Haley • Ana Serrano • Andrew Sarofim • Anet Alaniz  • Ann and Bill Fitzgibbons • Armando Estrada • Benjamin McVey • Bobby Livingston • Brad Parman • Caroline Forgason • Chris Castillo • Chris Hill and Rudy Choperena • Christine Medina • Christopher Duffy • Cristina Wheeler • Cynthia Toles • Dan Sturdivant • Doug Cross • Elaine Leahy • Elaine Wolff • Frances and Karl Frey • Hare & Hound Press • Hills Snyder • Jackie Earle Haley • Janet and Gary Sweeney • Jillian Palone • Jim and Dolly Poteet • Jimmy James Canales • Joel and Lori Dunlap • John Mata • John Sigmund • Julie Hooper-Abad and Jennifer Abad • Karen Mahaffy • Ken Little • Kimberly Aubuchon and Mark Hogensen • Krystal Paul • Lara Flynn Boyle and Don Thomas • Libby Tilley • Lifshutz Foundation • Marc Rigney • Marc Toppel • Maria Leake • Marisa Finos and Remy Bordas • Mark Menjivar • Mary Heathcott • Mary L. Wagner • Melanie Davis • Michael McClain • Nadia and Eugene Martinez • Neil and Irene Houser • Pam Dawkins • Pat and Bud Smothers • Pat and Geoffrey Edwards • Patricia Pratchett • Patricia Ruiz-Healy • Paula Cox • Paula Mays • Paula Owen • Peter Selig • Pig Liquors • Ramirez Family • Rick Liberto • Ruth Wimberly • Ryan Takaba and Jennifer Ling Datchuk • San Antonio River Foundation • Sara Frantz • Sara Vanderbeek • Sarah and Travis Lee • Schroeder Art • Scott Martin • Stacey Hill • Suzette Patton • Taylor Browning • Terri Rodgers • Vicki Yuan • Vincent McDonald • Warren Borror and Antonia Richardson • & Our Anonymous Donors

Special Thanks
Aaron Pena • Alana Coates • Anita Reyes • Charles W. Hoag • Chris Sauter and Rick Frederick • Claudia Espinosa • Christopher Branca • Connor Schultze  • David S. Rubin  • Debra Sugerman  • Frances Colpitt  • Gene Elder  • Hami Sayyadioskoie • Hank Lee • Hyland O'Brien • Jeremiah Teutsch • John Guzman • John Newsom  • Ken Slavin • Krystal Jones • Libby Tilley  • Lily Ramirez • Lou Ann Click • Margaret Adjei • Marlene Richardson • Medusa Vilanueva • Melissa Gohlke • Miguel A. Carranza • Monica Gilliam Mata • Orie Henry  • Patrick Zeller and Adriana Martinez • Ramin Samandari • Ray Santisteban • Reagan Johns • Scott Williams  • Shannon Rae • The Frey Family • Tonya Hope • Tyler Keyes and Julia Langenberg • Vincent Valdez and Adriana Corral
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