• La raíz del asunto

    “La raíz del asunto*”

    Date 2011
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Medium Plastic and metal
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The root of the matter
  • De la serie Ofrenda

    “De la serie Ofrenda*”

    Date 2010
    Dimensions 60"x 36"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil, charcoal and pastels on paper
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: From the Offering series
  • Mi canto de tierra

    “Mi canto de tierra*”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Medium Wheelbarrow, wood house, dirt, moss and cotton
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: My piece of land
  • Monkey see monkey do

    “Monkey see monkey do”

    Date 2009
    Dimensions 16"x 40"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
  • Me llevas (díptico)

    “Me llevas (díptico)*”

    Date 2013
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil and acrylic on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Take me with you (diptych)
  • Sector rosa calle

    “Sector rosa calle*”

    Date 2011
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Painting
    Medium Paint on crosses at the Arecibo Public Cemetary
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Pink area street
  • La tercera resignación, homenaje a García Márquez

    “La tercera resignación, homenaje a García Márquez*”

    Date 2011
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Medium Wood crib, toys, shovels and artificial rose plants
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: The third resignation, tribute to García Márquez
  • Tanta agua

    “Tanta agua*”

    Date 2013
    Dimensions 60"x 48"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: So much water
  • Juguetes

    “Juguetes*”

    Date 2010
    Dimensions 60"x 48"
    Category Painting
    Medium Oil and aerosol on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Toys
  • Preludio al paraíso

    “Preludio al paraíso* ”

    Date 2010
    Dimensions Variable measurements
    Category Installation
    Medium Metal bed, shovels, charcoal drawings on paper and natural grass
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Prelude to paradise

Abismael “Aby” Ruiz

Arecibo, PR, 1971

Biography Details

Painter, illustrator, graphic artist and creator of site specific installations. Self-taught, he ventured from drawing up to projects in the advertising field. Afterwards, he took painting classes with Spaniard Pablo San Segundo. Subsequently, from 2001 to 2003, he carried out formal studies in painting, drawing and printmaking at the Specialized School of Fine Arts in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, under the tutelage of Professor and Artist Roland Borges Soto. His work has been exhibited internationally, including Santo Domingo, Brazil, United States and Canada, while at the same time maintaining himself consistently active in the Puerto Rican art scene. Human figures of raw facial expressions are a constant feature of his prolific work, most often in disorganized and chaotic surroundings. His work reflects an expressionist character of social themes.

Artist Statement

“If we plot the human course since birth, adolescence and adulthood, we will run into scenes that we’ll brand as repulsive, in view of the conduct expected by society or by the daily social interaction, behaviors that we learn to redeem or condemn. 

When we see the same phases represented pictorially capturing a fugitive of justice, as well as a child with his gaze lost in the discovery of life, the work becomes a mirror that joins us in complicity. This way, the trajectory of artist Aby Ruiz manages to seduce us to turn us into believers of a stark daily reality.

The human figure is the frequent protagonist in his works, but in addition to seeking from us to focus at the clothing or their ephemeral accessories; he makes us see the frozen movement of our decisions like a caricature that silently reveals its leading thoughts as a floating cloud over its head. The artist achieves his apex when he interprets our human existence without Florentine decorations, covering our thirst of belonging as much as the strange solitude in the middle of great company. 

Stopping in front of his works is not an act of scientific dissection, but of putting together meanings that vanish and materialize, trying to validate the human experience to the fullest.”

Ramsés Luquis, 2008    

Formation

Education 

2001-2003

  • Studies in painting, drawing and engraving. Escuela Especializada de Bellas Artes, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2013

  • Tanta agua, Pamil Fine Art Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2011

  • Sector rosa, Galería Yemayá, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010

  • Sea un payaso, Museo de Arte e Historia de Arecibo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

2009

  • Ofrendas, Galería Yemayá, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008

  • Iré con gente, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007

  • MVVVVECAS, Delirium Art Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006

  • El comején y la Pangola, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Ruido sugestivo, Galería La Casa del Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Corpóreas, Galería Coatí, Bayamón, Puerto Rico

2003

  • Destiempo, Galería Don Juan, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2013

  • Retro, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico
  • Pocket, 448 Contempo Gallery, New York, United States

2012

  • Afrolatinos, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2011

  • Carry-on Puerto Rico inspected, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Education Center, New York; Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, United States
  • Signos vitales, nuevas adquisiciones, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010

  • Exposición tributo a Frade, Museo de Arte Dr. Pio López Martínez, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus,  Cayey, Puerto Rico
  • Circa 2010, Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008

  • Trazos, Exposición Colectiva de Dibujo, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Arecibo Campus, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • Circa 2008, Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La incoherencia de lo coherente, Galerías Prinardi, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Pequeño Formato, Galería Foro, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • International Expo Art Montreal, Montreal, Canada
  • Terruño y paraíso perdido, Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cortés Art Collection, Museo de Arte de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico
  • Sin envoltura, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Homenaje a René Marqués, Museo de Arte e Historia de Arecibo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

2006

  • Desnudos, Galería Tamara, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sin culpas y adrede, Galería Arrecife, Barceloneta, Puerto Rico
  • Ladies Night, Zahir Gallery, San Sebastián, Puerto Rico
  • Tráfico pesado, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Emergencias, convivencias y divergencias, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • VI Certamen de Artes Plásticas,  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Pequeño Formato, Galería La Pintadera, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Proyecto Paraguas, Museo de Tecnología y Ciencia, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • El desnudo contemporáneo puertorriqueño, Centro de Bellas Artes de Aguada, Aguada, Puerto Rico
  • Proyecto Paraguas, Museo del Hombre Dominicano, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2003

  • Colectiva Internacional, Latin American Art Museum of Miami, Florida, United States
  • Reflexiones Cotidianas, West Gallery, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2006

  • First Prize. Art and Literature Competition, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Nomination. IV Plastic Arts Competition, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • First Prize in Painting. Commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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