RUBY RUMIÉ visual artist
Ruby Rumié was born in Cartagena, Colombia, where she lives and works.
She studied painting and drawing at the David Manzur Academy in Bogotá and has participated in several workshops with artists such as Maria Teresa Hincapié, Eugenio Dittborn, Fabián Rendón and Jean Pierre Accault.
She has held exhibits in Colombia, Chile, the United States, France, Spain and Germany.
I began in art as a portrait painter. Through the years I have gone through many stages and transformations. My experience in this field has been marked by an intimate dialogue between manual work, discipline in the technique, and my inquisitiveness about pictorial thinking. Later, my more abstract works in some way represent the continuity of manual work, always reflexive, which took me to a more introspective concept, if you will, of the portrait.
The rupture that I recognize in my work came in a unique way, going into conceptual art expressed through installations. During this period of rupture, of revising what I had done before, I questioned myself about the artist’s commitment within society, and I was drawn to the fragility of the human being, to the values that individuals share regarding what life and death mean.
These searches led me toward new ways of looking at social problems, heritage, and territory, where art and its relationship to communities was the thread that made everything come together. Through these works I wanted to foment citizen participation in a way in which people belonging to a particular social group would tackle the complexities of the world, questioning the world in which they lived, using art to help them construct new social scenarios.
I use photography as a mean to construct or demolish social scenarios using the body as interlocutor between the observer and my work. This dialogue between the image and the viewer has the ability to generate a wide range of interpretations and establish new forms of conversation between the individual and its world.
As an artist, I believe that art can disrupt our senses, stimulate our emotions and spark reflection, which is why I seek to awaken us from our comfortable indifference through my work, and to encourage empathy and questions, in hopes of becoming better human beings
PROJECTS AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS
PANELS, TALKS AND LECTURES
PRINTS, SILKSCREENS, AND PUBLICATIONS
2004 First price in COLOMBIA . IMAGE, Paris, FRANCIA
2016 Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, residency on Human Behavior, Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy.
2016 Women Together Award, for her social art work on Latin American women.