Katie Ruiz is a Chicana artist who resides in Los Angeles. 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 mainly a figure painter 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.
Artists who inspire Ruiz include Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Karen Shwartz, Adrian Ghenie, Judy Glantzman, Sangram Mujumdar, Cy Twombly, Kara Walker, George Condo and Leon Kossof.