Eastern Iowa Artist Overcomes Accident to Create Superheroes

By Mark Carlson, KCRG-TV9

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A recent University of Iowa graduate has a new art show that is attracting some attention.

“I’m just setting an example that the sky is not the limit, outer space is the limit,” said Tony Ramos, the man behind the show.

The show, open daily through Monday at the Studio Arts building on Highway 1 West in Iowa City, features graphic design images of superheroes and other personal images and stories created by Ramos. Among the stories, a multipart drawing of a crash that left him nearly completely paralyzed more than two decades ago.

“I wanted to tell my story,” he said. “I’ve always been fond of the good guy, of the guy who seems to make a difference.”

Ramos uses a sensor on his chin to communicate with his computer, which allows him to draw the carefully-crafted designs. Before receiving the sensor, he used extremely limited motion in a his thumb.

“Tony has not seen barriers, he’s seen challenges, and he has not asked for special concessions to meet his major,” said Lynne Lanning, Tony’s undergraduate adviser.

Ramos estimates each image takes around 40 hours to complete. He hopes to find freelance work in the industry now that he has graduated and is living in nearby Grinnell.

“I’m always open to working on new things,” he said.

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