Aby Ruiz is a painter, illustrator and creator of site-specific installations. The expresionistic compositions of Aby Ruiz depict imaginary situations where the viewers emotions are triggered. Distorted faces, confrontational bodies, caricaturesque masks and hybrid figures are the main characters of these compositions where reality meets allegory.


My art intends to create emotional effects and evoke different feelings. Oil painting and the depiction of a single scene are two of the most important elements that help achieve this aspect: A single scene focuses on an emotion that traps the viewer and the intensity of color and texture achieved by the oil painting enhance this emotion.

Human beings and their animal instinct are some of the themes I explore most. Through my compositions, I express the human condition, especially the reaction of individuals in extreme situations where the animal instinct unavoidably appears. The human body represents the container of all different feelings and actions as well as the physical aspect that differentiates humans from animals. This is the reason the human body especially fragmented or metamorphosed is a constant element in my work.


Ruiz has exhibited in Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States. His works can be found at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Puerto Rico, Lanna Foundation, Caguas Museum, Ateneo de Puerto Rico, Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito de Arecibo. Castro-Barreto Private Collection, Reyes Veray Private Collection, Jiménez Colón Private Collection, José Hernández Castrodat Private Collection, Fundación Casa Cortés.