• Untitled (County fair scene)

    “Untitled (County fair scene)”

    Date 1979
    Dimensions 11" x 14 1/4"
    Category Painting
    Medium Enamel on wood
    Genre Scenes
    Period 20th Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection.
  • Jet ski

    “Jet ski”

    Date 2002
    Dimensions 8" x 16"
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrylic on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña Collection
  • Piñones por la noche

    “Piñones por la noche*”

    Date 2004
    Dimensions 14" x 18"
    Category Painting
    Medium Acrílico sobre lienzoAcrylic on canvas
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña Collection
    Acknowledgement *Title translation: Piñones at night
  • Untitled (County fair scene)
  • Jet ski
  • Piñones por la noche

José Ruíz

San Juan, PR, 1936

Biography Details

Painter. Studied drawing, watercolor, caricature and printmaking at the Industrial Arts School in New York City. Back to the island, he created his paintings with furniture enamels on cardboard and sold them to tourists near the Caribe Hilton and Normandie Hotels, managing to create more than 900 works. He is one of the representatives of Naive and popular painting in Puerto Rico. Since the 1960's he has made a consistent body of work. His paintings are characterized by the spontaneity with which the artist brings to canvas everyday scenes of life in Puerto Rico and in places like amusement fairs, plazas, beaches and markets.

Artist Statement

"Joy, happiness, enjoyment, not symbolically, but as manifested in daily events, dominate all his paintings, that is why their presence is given in concrete, specific, and admittedly valid forms in Puerto Rico. Rural or urban vignettes, lost places, barber shops, streets, beaches, small town fairs, markets, or town squares (plazas), roofs full of cats, or children flying their kites, etc. All of his children, women and men are alive - they are doing something and obviously what they do is have fun. No one has painted gestures, habits, physiognomic features and bodily dispositions of Puerto Ricans better than him."

Source: Fernández Méndez, Eugenio; Cárdenas Ruiz, Manuel. “José Ruiz: El Arte Primitivo Vive en Nemesio Canales”. Avance (San Juan, PR), 11 de junio de 1973, p. 56-58.

Formation

Education

nd.

  • Industrial Arts School, New York City, New York, United States

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2000

  • El Mundo de José Ruiz, Galería de Arte,  Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2002

  • El mundo de la ingenuidad, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Nuestros “Naifs”, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Books 

Delgado Mercado, Osiris. La Gran Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico. Historia de la pintura en Puerto Rico, Vol. 8. Madrid: Ediciones R, 1976, p. 374


Gaya Nuño, Juan Antonio. “Los Naif Puertorriqueños.” La pintura puertorriqueña. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1994 pp. 97-99.


Los tesoros de la pintura puertorriqueña. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, 2000.


Hermandad de Artistas Gráficos de Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico-Arte e Identidad, San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1998.


Moran Arce, Lucas, ed. Enciclopedia Clásicos de Puerto Rico. Tomo VII, Barcelona: Ediciones Latinoamericanas, S.A., 1971, pp. 93-95.

 

Catalogues 

“El Mundo de José Ruiz.” Galería de Arte, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico, agosto-septiembre 2000.


“Nuestros Naifs.” Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 26 de junio de 1994.

 

Newspapers 

Colón Camacho, Doreen. “Vistazos a nuestros artistas ‘naif’”. El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 22 de julio de 1994.


Fernández Méndez, Eugenio; Cárdenas Ruiz, Manuel. “José Ruiz: El Arte Primitivo Vive en Nemesio Canales.”” Avance (San Juan, PR), 11 de junio de 1973, p. 56-58.


Molina, Antonio J. “Pintura Primitivista de José Luis Ruiz.” El Mundo (San Juan, PR), 24 de diciembre de 1972, p. 23.


“Ruiz en Sagrado.” El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 27 de agosto de 2000, p. 113.


“Turistas son Clientes: Pinta Cuadros en Cartulina con Esmalte.” El Mundo (San Juan, PR), 2 de junio de 1959.