Ruth Olivar Millan About
Although she has a A.B. from UC Berkeley and degrees in Art and Art history and an M.A in Multi-cultural Cross Cultural Studies( History, Culture and Linguistics)she considers herself self taught and continues to learn with the people she meets. She is in total awe at the great masters in our art galleries and musems as well as the new multi-media genius' that bravely take art to another emotional level. She expands her knowledge and believes that art is the key to real enjoyment and passion in life. Her paintings are an intense personal intimate act. The subject matter are sketches of people met in far away lands that share their lives in their wrinkles and worn clothes. Universal themes that are beyond cultures, races and boarders embrace the viewer with a soft whisper. Her portraits are of People met or facesless characters viewed at a glance. Some are composites of many people that are given birth in the mind of this artist. While painting, she loses the human narrative and becomes an instrument of emotion to concentrate on the elements of the paint:the color, value, shape and intense line. Her paintings are contemperary in everyway yet have a timeless quality that embraces the interactionist. Glimpses of Gaughin and Van Gough as well as the colors of the German Expressionists and the political turmoil of Mexico's Great muralist's. The compostition is still left to the viewer's interpretation to feel and create a great art work.
PARTIAL LIST of EXHIBITIONS
SAN FELIPE FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION
San felipe, Baja Cal. N. Mex.
VISUAL SOUL James Brown 50th Anniversary in Show Business 2006
Two Portraits of James Brown First Place International Artist
LUCY CRAFT LANCEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY
Augusta, Georgia USA
ARTE DEL DESIERTO
San Felipe,Baja Cal N, Mex
MILLARD SHEETS GALLERY
"Whimsy and WONDER....."
Smithsonian Magazine featured
Pamona, Cal USA
LATINO ART MUSEUM
PVAC PAJARO VALLEY ARTS GALLERY
"Mi Casa ES Tu Casa"
Watsonville, Cal. USA
Culinary Institute of America
Napa Cal. USA
MISSION CULTRAL CENTER for LATINO ARTS
"Dreams of Resistance" Martin Luther King Exhibition Mission
Sab Francisco, Cal USA
SOLEDAD FIESTA DAYS
3 Paintings in their Cities permanent collection
Soledad, Cal. USA
Gallery inquieries most welcomed.
Numerous awards for her volunteer work.
Her environment may have been perceived as one of poverty for lack of materialism but it was rich in the areas of great food, music and art. Sunday's were all ways celebrated with extended family and compadres... father's jokes, great Bar-b-q s and singing kept everyone in full gear for the coming week that would include hard work in the fields.
At times life was complicated. The pain was much to too much to endure, but faith (and some paint and a paint brush)in every situation helped her find some harmony, some peace and strength that directed her on the right path.
- 11050 Enchanto Vista
- San Jose
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- (408) 272-8790