Christian Ruiz Berman
New York-based artist Christian Ruiz Berman (Mexican-American, born 1982) uses his interest in art, architecture, memory, and storytelling to create intimate paintings that pay respect to environmentalists who have lost their lives fighting for animal rights. Exploring illusion and depth on flat surfaces, his work includes inspiration from 19th century New England die-cut valentines. He converts this style into large paintings that use animal imagery to engage in conversations about environmental issues, wildlife, and climate change.
Looking to feminist writings from Karen Barad (American, born 1956) and Donna Haraway (American, born 1944) that promote the notion that each person and animal is an essential component of the present moment, Ruiz Berman implements new symbols and ways of viewing the world in his painting. In this exhibition, Ruiz Berman’s first museum solo exhibition, the artist will present new works that engage discussions related to humans interconnectedness with animals.
This exhibition is organized by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Jade Powers, assistant curator at Kemper Museum.