Eyes of the Heart

Gustavo Ramos Rivera

Hearts in San Francisco Project

Since its inception in 2004, the Hearts in San Francisco project has been a cornerstone of philanthropy, rallying local artists to support Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Today, this tradition endures, marking over 20 years of profound impact on our city’s public hospital.

Hearts in San Francisco has become more than just an art project—it’s a symbol of support for the people of San Francisco. New hearts are unveiled each year, capturing the community’s creativity while raising vital funds that support innovative and equitable care at ZSFG.

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      Meet the Artist:

      Gustavo Ramos headshot

      Gustavo Ramos Rivera spent his childhood in a little Mexican border town called Ciudad Acuña. An internationally respected artist who has exhibited work in galleries and museums in the United States, Mexico, South America, and Europe; Ramos Rivera has spent the past 50 years living and working as an artist in San Francisco, Mexico and Europe.


      His paintings and monotypes shimmer with the colors of his childhood, watching his mother cook, playing in his grandmother’s garden, swimming in the creek. A self-taught artist whose father encouraged his talent and desire to paint by allowing him to paint murals on the walls inside their tiny adobe home, Gustavo’s paintings are informed by these simple images saturated with the richness of his memories, culture and family in Mexico.