Esther Ruiz

Born in 1986. Houston, Texas
Live and works in Brooklyn, New York


2011. Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art: Sculpture, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
2007. Seattle University, Seattle, Washington

Solo & 2 Person Exhibitions

2022. Hall of Exits, Monaco, St. Louis, Missouri
2020. Interpersonal Geometrics: Esther Ruiz & Devin Rutz, Cleo Gallery, Savannah, Georgia
Discovery, Time Equities Inc. Art In Buildings, West 10th Window, New York, New York
2019. Synthetic Dawn: Alex Epstein & Esther Ruiz, De Novo Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Afterglow: Tony Cokes & Esther Ruiz, Deslave Gallery, Tijuana, BC, México
2018. Unearthed, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
Hyperion, Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon
2017. Static Limit, yours mine & ours gallery, New York City, New York
Wells, Cross MacKenzie Gallery, Washington D.C.
2016. Next Wave Art at BAM: Esther Ruiz: Well VI, Curated by Holly Shen, BAM, Brooklyn, New York
Blind Spot, Station Gallery, Marfa, Texas
The Dark Clicks On: Robert Davis and Esther Ruiz, New Release Gallery, New York City, New York
2015. The Whole is Other than the Sum of the Parts, Platform Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
Neon Dreams, Kennedy Gallery at Glass Axis, Columbus, Ohio
2014. Cerebral Settings, Glitch, Memphis, Tennessee
2013. Marking Time, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, New York
2010. Cosmic Disasters: Maggie Exner and Esther Ruiz, Odessa Art Space, Memphis, Tennessee

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022. P.A.D. Retrospective, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, New York
2021. PORTALS, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California, January 20 – March 26th, 2022
Light Show, New Art Dealers Alliance, East Broadway Mall, New York, New York
A+ Celebration, ArtNutri Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan
Rose Tint, Curated by Kate Mothes, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, New York
Art Formosa, c/o Gallery Chiao, Taipei, Taiwan
Ultra! Torrance Public Art Project, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
Am I Altering Your Aura?, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C.
Garden, Ladies’ Room, Los Angeles, California
Surroundings, Reynolds Gallery at 401 Libbie Avenue, Richmond, Virginia
Seasonal Repression, Field Projects Gallery, New York, New York
2020. Baker’s Dozen, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
Napkin Show, R.A.G. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Northern Lights, Collar Works Gallery, Troy, New York
Beside Site, Jacob’s West, Spring Break Art Show, Los Angeles, California
2019. Open Toponym, High Tide, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pool Party, Curated by Field Projects, C24 Gallery, New York, New York
Everything Has Changed, Camayuhs Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Cloud 9, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Object of Desire, Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York, Brooklyn, New York
2018. Los Angeles Notebook, Jacob’s West, Venice, California
Highlight Curated: Chelsea, Hollis Taggart, New York City, New York
Solid States / Fluid Language, Hicks Gallery at Bucks County College, Newtown, Pennsylvania
Issue 2: Devotional, Organized by FOUR-D Projects, The Church, Troy, New York
Sarah Cain, Esther Ruiz, Jonathan Ryan, Jacob’s LA, Los Angeles, California
The Ashtray Show, Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Morir Soñando, The Knockdown Center, Maspeth, New York
Other Worlds, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California
On Reflection, Curated by Bridget Donlon, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, New York
2017. Wasteland Dream, LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
In Conversation: 100 Years of Women at Rhodes College, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
Small Moments, Brilliant Champions Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
The Echoing Green, Prelude Projects, Brooklyn, New York
Miami is Nice, c/o Terrault Contemporary, SpaceCamp, Baltimore, Maryland
Fun House, c/o Timeshare, Zaha Hadid, 520 W. 28th Street, New York City, New York
Transfix, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Stopping in Memphis, Art Museum University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
Drawer, Deli Gallery, Long Island City, New York
San Francisco Art Book Fair, c/o Kayrock Screenprinting, San Francisco, California
Other Nature, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina
The Paperweight Show, Fisher Parrish Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Apollo on Earth, Hilde Gallery, Los Angeles, California
NADA Art Fair, c/o yours mine & ours gallery, New York City, New York
Fresh Prints, Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, New Jersey
2016. Forms & Fictions, Platform Gallery, Satellite Art Show, Miami, Florida
Television, Curated by B.Thom Stevenson, 99¢ Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Rosetta, Curated by Doppelganger Projects, Unisex Salon, Brooklyn, New York
The New Classics of Contemporary Glass, Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York
I am Prepared for Amazing Things to Happen, Charolette Street Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri
Post Real World, Stream Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Onion by the Ocean, Organized by Essye Klempner & Elisa Soliven, Underdonk, Brooklyn, New York
The Lamp Show, 99¢ Plus Gallery, Collective Design Fair, New York City, New York
MDF Blog, Organized by Grayson Cox, Planthouse Gallery, New York City, New York
Land After Time, E.Tay Gallery, New York City, New York
2015. Iridescence, Curated by H+Creative and SP Projects, The Shore Club, Miami, Florida
Warped Tour, Curated by New Release, Lemon City Studios, Miami, Florida
This is Light, Carroll Square Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Pure Potentialiity, Curated by Andrea McGinty, Achter de Boom, New York City
Almost Famous, Curated by Owen Duffy, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
It Was a Low-lying Foglike Floating, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Virgo Hardware, Curated by Zak Vreeland, S & P Arts Center, Brooklyn, New York
JONALDDUDD, C B Gallery, New York City, New York
An Experiment in Sound and Light, Stream Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
ALL THAT, Platform Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
Private Eyes / Grey Sunsets, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
Jewel, Curated by Andrea Bergart and Norte Maar, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, New York
LA Art Book Fair, c/o Kayrock Screenprinting, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, California
2014. Cemeterium, curated by Regina Rex, Emerson Dorsch, Miami, Florida
Object Object!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, California
TWO TWO ONE, Regina Rex (harbor), New York City, New York
Two River, Curated by Tamara Gonzales, One River Gallery, Englewood, New Jersey
Your Attica On The Pacific, Tiger Strikes Astroid, Los Angeles, California
Urban Modulations, The ArtBridge Drawing Room, New York City, New York
Odeón, Feria de Arte Contemporáneo, Bogotá, Colombia
NY Art Book Fair, c/o Kayrock Screenprinting, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York
Landscape with Devices, Fridman Gallery, New York City, New York
Human Machinery, +81 Gallery, New York City, New York
Post Psychedelic Dreams, Curated by Kyle DeWoody, Grey Area at Glenn Horowitz, East Hampton, New York
Hello Bushwick, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
french neon / neonpolitik, Songzhuang Jincao Art Space, Beijing, China
High Spirits, Curated by SIGNAL Gallery, Beverly’s, New York City, New York
Do It Yourself, Livestream Public, Brooklyn, New York
Arts in Bushwick Benefit and BOS Preview, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, New York
99¢ Plus Art Shop, Curated by SIGNAL Gallery, 99¢ Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
remains to be seen, Gallery 216, Brooklyn, New York
Double Take, Youme Haus, Brooklyn, New York
Time Exposed, American Center for Physics, College Park, Maryland
BRUCENNIAL, Organized by Vito Schnabel and The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York City, New York
Pyramid Scheme, 204 25th Street, Brooklyn, New York
2013. Curio, Heiner Contemporary, Washington, D.C.
Cocktails and Dreams II, Airplane Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Collage Age, Curated by Ballast Projects & John J. McGurk, Culturefix Gallery, New York City, New York
Bridges Bushwick, Willaimsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Collage Age, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, New Jersey
Drawing Down the Moon, Curated by Andrew Suggs, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
Small Works Show, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Machine Show, Hawkeye Crates, Brooklyn, New York
Show #14:Trust in Me, Field Projects, New York City, New York
2012. VOX VIII, Curated by Ruba Katrib and Marlo Pascual, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I Choo-choo-choose You, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, New York
2011 .For, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, New York
Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2010. Otherworld: Senior Thesis Exhibition, Clough Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
PASTE, Odessa Art Space, Memphis, Tennessee
Confluence, Odessa Art Space, Memphis, Tennessee
Exhibition Momentum, A.I.M. Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee


2016. Artist Grant Program, Spaceworks NYC
2015. Spaceworks Studio Lottery Award Recipient, Williamsburgh Public Library, Brooklyn, New York
2014. ArtBridge Urban Modulations Public Art Installation and Award, Brooklyn, New York
2011. Wayfarers Studio Program, Brooklyn, New York
2009. Deans Fellowship, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
2005. Cinco Ranch Area Art League Award, Katy, Texas


2021. Valentina Di Liscia, NADA is Opening a Fair Booth-Sized Project Space in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Hyperallergic
Joanne Hsieh, See a World in A Grain of Sand: An Interview with Esther Ruiz, ChiaoxArt
2020. Nicole Youngblut, Cleo the Gallery: Contemporary Art Gallery Now Open in Savannah, Connect Savannah
Niccolo Tabanelli, Esther Ruiz: Primitive Future, Megaphone Art Blog
William Jaeger, ‘Northern Lights‘ exhibit at Collar Works in Troy, Times Union
Ian Bourland, Why DC Needs Art Galleries, The Washingtonian
2019. Danielle Krysa, Esther Ruiz, The Jealous Curator
2018. Molly Savard, What Does A Memory Look Like? Sculptor Esther Ruiz wants to show you, Shondaland
Andrew Page, Conversation: Megan Biddle discusses ‘Solid States/Fluid Language’, Urban Glass Quarterly
Esther Ruiz:Unearthed, LookSEE
Amanda Dalla Villa Adams, FINE ARTS:…Highlights of the Season, Style Weekly
A.K. Hirsch, Other Worlds- Charlie James Gallery, Chinatown LA, Quiet Lunch
2017. Mark Jenkins, In the Galleries, The Washington Post
Jana Files, Alumni in the Arts: Esther Ruiz, Rhodes College News
John Chiaverina, Holding It Down: Fisher Parrish Inaugurates Brooklyn Space, Art News Magazine
Angella d’Avignon, Apollo on Earth at Hilde Gallery, Contemporary Art Review L.A.
Michael Anthony Farley, This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Esther Ruiz, Static Limit, Art F City
Margaret Williamson Bechtold, Art in the Age of Instagram: Esther Ruiz, A Women’s Thing
Martha Schwendender, What to See at New York Art Fairs: The Young Crowd, The New York Times
Adrian Adduci, 16 Artworks We Want to Buy at NADA: #1 Esther Ruiz, Art Zealous
Maximiliano Duron and Katherine McMahon, Habitat: Moonlighting Artists’ Side Jobs, Art News Magazine
2016. Michael Anthony Farley and Rae Mcnara, This Week’s Must-See Art: And After Time, Art F City
Samantha Katz, Esther Ruiz, Created Here
Scott Robinson, Review: Land After Time, Painting is Dead
Jamie Martinez, Photo Story: Land After Time, Art Fuse
James Davidson, One Water Bed, One Derelict Chinatown Video Shop, … One Brilliant Exhibition, We Heart
Jerstin Crosby, Art & Statement: The Dark Clicks On by Esther Ruiz, Acid Rain
Kate Messinger, Get Turned On at an Art Show Filled with Neon, The Creator’s Project, VICE
2015. Seola Lee, Envisioning Earth’s Inevitable End in Esther Ruiz’s Neon Sculptures, Baltimore City Paper
Mark Jenkins, Finding Meaning in the ‘Patterns’ of Ethnicity and Culture, The Washington Post
Irina V Makarova, Esther Ruiz Concrete Sunsets, Metal Magazine
Noémie Jennifer, The Price to Pay: Artists Weigh in on Getting an MFA, The Creators Project, VICE
Joe Turnbul, Concrete Landscapes, The Plus Paper
Dwayne Butcher, That Neon Glow, Bmore Art
Editorial Team, Hemphill at Carroll Square Gallery Present: This is Light, East City Art
Amanda Dalla Villa Adams, Investing in Process, Style Weekly
Lana Bortolot, The Williamsburg Library Has Become a Haven for Artists…, The Wall Street Journal
Jessica McMathis, Neon-Concrete Sculptures Blur Lines of Art and Science, The American Ceramic Society
Jesse Tigges, Studio Proof: “Neon Dreams” Explores the Imagination of Esther Ruiz, Columbus Alive
Elizabeth Trapp, Ethereal Neon Glow Emanates from Works, The Columbus Dispatch
Jesse Tigges, Arts//Previews: Neon Dreams, Columbus Alive

Curatorial Projects

2020. Inside/Outside, Curated by Esther Ruiz & The Arts of Life Curatorial Committee, Circle Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois
2018. Mnēmonikos, Curated by Esther Ruiz, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles, California
2017. Deconstructed, Terrault Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
2014. Almanac: Wayfarers Annual Members Show, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, New York
2013. Machine Show, Hawkeye Crates, Brooklyn, New York
2010. I Miss Ashley: Work by Ben Bauermeister, Second Street Studio, Memphis, Tennessee