ARTIST PROFILE

 

“Abstraction, the way I express what I feel. My ideas, my feeling, my reaction to the environment that surrounds me. My experiments in life, the feeling produced by daily experiences, my beliefs, my reaffirmation in FAITH and in LIFE and how I relate them to my Island: its sun, its light, its sky, its people, and the firm roots of Caribbean strength. Abstraction, which uses art’s vocabulary in itself: lines, forms, color, texture, light, and shadow and what all these can express. Abstraction that using art’s vocabulary in a very personal way can express, without using realist images, an introspective feeling, an atmosphere, a feeling of rhythm, space and time, concepts that make up the universe…that is my language”.

 

Noemí Ruiz

 


 

Noemí Ruiz is considered an impelling artist of abstract art in Puerto Rico taking abstract to new levels. Her work is distinguished by a tension between geometric and organic forms; some are rigid forms and others are softened by curved lines; plain spaces with volume; soft gradation of warm colors, but opaque and sparkling with luminosity between smooth surfaces and spirited and expressive brushes… Her works are exactly about the inherent tension in forms and the dynamism provoked by those…

 

Trinidad Pérez
Art Critic and Historian
Quito, Ecuador

 


 

Noemí contributes with her unique visual sensitivity to the interpretation of the Island’s atmosphere creating an exciting amalgam of stimuli that has been a very important part of her plastic language. If we place her contribution in a much ample context, considering her affinity as much as the divergence from contemporary art and the contribution of the masters from previous periods, her contribution to the finishing touches of Latin American painting of the last years of our millennium is indisputable.

 

Edward J. Sullivan
Art Critic
United States


 

 

"Jardín del Pensamiento"

Acrilyc on Linen, 38" x 38", 2008

"Vida: Composición de Formas y Sentires"

Acrilyc on Linen, 48" x 48", 2006

"Cuba: Paisaje de Playa con Destellos y Habana Blue"

Acrilyc on Linen,  48" x 48", 1997

"Recuerdo Ancestral"

Acrilyc on Linen, 48" x 48", 2004

"Espacio Rojo y Veleros en el Tiempo"

Acrilyc on Linen, 48" x 48", 2003

  

 

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Born in 1931 in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She studied at the Inter American University in San Germán, Puerto Rico earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. She received a Master Degree in the Arts of the New York University, majoring in painting, art education, supervision and administration in 1956. She finished doctoral courses at the Madrid Central University of Spain in 1963 and studied at the Berkeley University of California in 1978. Ruiz was Acting Director of the Fine Arts Department of the Inter American University, San Germán Campus from 1959 until 1961. She is a Founding Member and part of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico.

 

A renowned Puerto Rican artist and educator, Noemí Ruiz is a pioneer of abstraction in Puerto Rico and has represented her country in major international exhibitions as the First International Biennial of Painting in Cuenca, Ecuador, the XX Biennial of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the First International Biennial of Caribbean Painting of the Museum of Modern Art of Santo Domingo. Her work is found in multiple important collections.

 

Noemí Ruiz interprets Latin American reality in her compositions by way of rhythmic color and alternating forms. With great sensitivity, impeccable discipline and technical mastery, the artist epitomizes the reality that surrounds her essential forms. According to Jeannette Miller, noted Dominican writer and professor: “Intention and result combine in the work of Noemí Ruiz to achieve a Latin American and Caribbean presence that proves to be outstanding in contemporary Puerto Rican art”.

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Selection

 

 

2012

  • Noemí Ruiz: Vivencias-Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico

2007

  • Noemí Ruiz y su espacio en el tiempo, (exposición retrospectiva), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico

2003

  • "Síntesis de mi Espacio y Tiempo" “ Synthesis of my Space and Time”- Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

2000

  • "Arte, Ciencia y Tecnología: Pintura Abstracta de Noemí Ruiz" “Art, Science and Techonolgy: Abstract paintings of Noemí Ruiz”- Inter American University, Bayamon Campus, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Museo de las Americas- San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Miro Hall, Don Borja Tower, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, Spain

1993

  • “Noemí Ruiz: Color y Ritmo del Trópico” “Noemí Ruiz: Color and Rhythm of the Tropics” – Hall of Contemporary Art Gallery, Quito, Ecuador

1985

  • “Noemí Ruiz: Existencia de Ser y Tiempo” “Existence of Being and Time” Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1981, 80

  • North End Gallery- Boston, Massachusetts

1975, 74

  • Art Gallery, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

1985, 1968

  • Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueño

1963, 62

  • Fine Arts Museum, University of Puerto Rico

1961, 60

  • Exhibition Hall- University of Puerto Rico General Library

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Selection

 

 

2006

  • “Painting, Sculpture and Ceramics: Recent Works of Represented Artists” - Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Christmas Group Show - Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

  • “La Imagen y el Paladar: Arte en la Gastronomía y la Plástica” “The Image and the Palate: Art in Gastronomy and in Plastics” – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico Dinner Gala 2005, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • “Arte Puertorriqueño: Imagen de una Cultura, 25 Aniversario de la Colección de Arte Puertorriqueño Contemporáneo de la Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico” “Puerto Rican Art: Image of a Culture, 25th Anniversary of Puerto Rican Contemporary Art Collection of the Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico - Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico

2004

  • “Christmas Group Show: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and Photography” - Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

  • III/XVI Summer Group Show - Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

2003

  • "Inaugural Exposition of the Permanent Headquarters"- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico

  • "Plastic Arts National Showcase”-Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Arsenal de la Puntilla, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • “Plastic Arts National Showcase”- Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña Arsenal de la Puntilla, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000

  • "Los Tesoros de la Pintura Puertorriqueña" “Treasures of Puerto Rican Painting”- Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico

  • "Puerto Rico en París: Exposición Arte Puertorriqueño" “Puerto Rico in Paris: Puerto Rican Art Exposition”- UNESCO, Paris, France

1995

  • "Mujeres Artistas de Puerto Rico" “Female Artists of Puerto Rico”-Museo Arsenal de la Puntilla, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994, 93

  • “Arte BA 94”- Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • "Primera Muestra de Arte" “First Art Review” Puerto Rico

  • Olympic Committee, Chase Manhattan Bank, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

1992

  • "Imágenes de la Tierra" “Images of the Earth” Puerto Rican National Pavillion- Universal Exposition, Sevilla, Spain

  • “First Painting Biennial of the Caribbean”, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • "Doce Artistas: Obra Reciente" “Twelve Artists: Recent Work”- Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1991

  • “Les Antilles”- Espace Carpeaux, France “Festival Internationel de Peinture”- Musee D' Art Contemporain, Cagnes- Sur- Mer, France Samagra Gallery, Paris, France

1989

  • “Pintura y Escultura de los Años Setenta” “Painting and Sculpture of the Seventies”- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico

  • “XX Biennial of Painting”, Sao Paulo, Brazil

1988

  • Growing Beyond: Women Artists from Puerto Rico- Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, Washington, D.C.

  • Museo del Barrio, New York Caribe Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • Puerto Rican Painting: Between Past and Present- Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, Washington, D.C.

  • Museo del Barrio, New York The Squibb Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey

  • Museum of History, Anthropology and Art, University of Puerto Rico

1986

  • “Artistas Abstractos de Puerto Rico” “Abstract Artists of Puerto Rico”- Galería de Arte Contemporánea, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

  • “25 Años de Pintura Puertorriqueña” “25 Years of Puerto Rican Painting”- Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico

  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico

  • Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York

  • VII San Juan Biennial of Latin American Graphics, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983, 82

  •  Chase Manhattan Bank Cayman Gallery, Soho, New York

  • 12th UNESCO Painting Competition of the University of Puerto Rico

1984

  • “First Assembly of Abstract Artists”- Museo Arsenal de la Puntilla, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1983

  • “Arte Actual”- Chase Manhattan Bank, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

1981, 80

  • “Saludo a los Artistas Latinoamericanos” “Greetings to Latin American Artists”- Puerto Rico Guild of Graphic Artists “Arte Puertorriqueño en la Década del 80”- General Library, University of Puerto Rico

1979

  • “Art Expo”- Reynolds Tobacco, Puerto Rico

1977, 76

  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

  • “Excelencia Latina”- Rochester, New York

1979, 77

  • "Muestra Nacional de Pintura y Escultura Puertorriqueña" “National Review of Puerto Rican Painting and Sculpture”- Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña

  • “Arte Actual de Iberoamérica” ”Current Iberoamerican Art”- Madrid, Spain

1971

  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

1967, 66

  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

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  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

  • Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico

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Selection

 

 

1999

  • "Premio Sultana de Oro, Mujer Destacada en las Artes" ”Sultana de Oro Prize, Outstanding Women in Art”, American Women Union, Puerto Rico

  • "National Medal of the International Association of Plastic Arts", UNESCO, Puerto Rico

1997

  • "Premio Asociación Puertorriqueña de Críticos de Arte” “Prize Puerto Rican Association of Art Critics”

  • Exhibition of the Year “Presencia Caribeña en la Pintura de Noemí Ruiz “Caribbean Presence in the Paintings of Noemí Ruiz”

1992

  • Special Invitation, First Painting Biennial of the Caribbean and Central America, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

1989

  • Becomes Distinguished Professor, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Selected to represent Puerto Rico in the XX Sao Paulo Painting Biennial, Brazil

1987

  • Selected to represent Puerto Rico at the First Painting Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador

1984

  • Selected to represent Puerto Rico at the “Pan-American Graphic Arts Portfolio”

1983, 82

  • Honorable Mention, Painting- 8th UNESCO Painting Competition, University of Puerto Rico

1979

  • Reynolds Art Expo First Prize in Painting, RJ Reynolds Tobaco, Puerto Rico

  • "Mujer Distinguida en las Bellas Artes “Distinguished Female in the Fine Arts”- granted by the Government of Puerto Rico

1977

  • Honorable Mention, Magazine Without Name Contest, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1977, 76

  • “Premio Mobil” “Mobil Prize” - granted to important people in the arts of Puerto Rico

1974

  • First Prize in Painting- Annual Contest of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1972

  • “Premio Magno de Artes Visuales” “Magnum Prize in the Visual Arts”, Puerto Rico Department of Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1965

  • “Premio Pintura IBEC” “IBEC Prize for Painting”- San Juan, Puerto Rico

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