Katie Ruiz is a Chicana artist who resides in San Diego, CA. She was raised in Los Angeles and Northern Arizona. Ruiz has a strong connection with nature and often uses natural objects like rocks, shells, leaves and sticks in her weavings and Sculptures.
Ruiz is figure painter and sculptor and is most well know for her blanket series in which she portrays couples standing or lying under colorful Mexican blankets. Geometric patterns and bright colors are reiterated throughout her work. Her travels to over 22 countries have influenced her work especially the patterns that are primarily derived from Latin American textiles. She was raised with her single mother and younger sister and draws much strength from the strong female figures in her life. Relationships play a strong role in Ruiz’s paintings. Couples are often depicted together or with natural forces such as water, winter or pathways pulling the couple together or further apart.
She has a Bachelors Degree of Fine Art from Northern Arizona University and a Masters degree of Fine Art from The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture in NYC.
Ruiz is the creator and owner of VIVID SPACE SD an artist run gallery located in Downtown Little Italy, San Diego. The gallery showcases artists from San Diego and matches then with NYC and surrounding area artists in order to help merge gaps and build bridges within the art world.
Additionally, Ruiz teaches classes for the San Diego Community College District. She is a reoccuring visitng teacher for the New York Studio School. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mac Connor Scholarship and the Hohenberg Travel Scholarship.