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Ramiro Gomez had to drop out of art school because he needed money and took a job as a male nanny to the rich and famous. While working in luxurious houses, Ramiro came to the realization that the nannies, gardeners, and housekeepers are practically invisible to the wealthy.
So, Ramiro made it his mission to turn the invisible visible:
Their faces are vague, the color of coffee beans, but before Ramiro Gomez heads out with pliers and wire to install them, he gives each one a name.
There was Guillermina, named for his Aunt Guille, a housekeeper at a casino hotel; Maria Elena, after his mom, a janitor at an elementary school; and Luis, like Uncle Luis, who delivers meat for a carniceria.
For the last eight months, Gomez, an artist from West Hollywood, has made the invisible visible by installing life-size cardboard cutouts of nannies, gardeners, valet workers and housekeepers in Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Hills and other wealthy areas.