Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, in 1971, Aby Ruiz is a visual artist working with oil painting, drawing and installations. His work explores human nature in different situations in which human behavior is exposed. The body is the primary source of expression in highly charged compositions where sometimes an element of humor appears. The themes most developed by the artist are related to childhood, sexuality, mortality, innocence, violence, and tenderness and are addressed in undefined spaces and cropped images.
Ruiz was involved in the arts early on in life; he took painting classes with Pablo San Segundo and studied painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Specialized School of Fine Arts in Arecibo, under the tutelage of professor and artist Rolando Borges Soto.
Ruiz’s work has been presented in many international exhibitions in the United States, Panamá, Canada, and the Dominican Republic.
He is the recipient of several awards, and his work is held in many private and public collections, such as Museo de Arte de Caguas, Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Puerto Rico; Museo de la Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Puerto Rico; Ateneo Puertorriqueño and The Lannan Foundation, New Mexico.
Sin pena ni gloria is the artist’s first survey exhibition, encompassing more than two decades of painting, drawings and installations.