Name: Sofía Ruíz
Citizenship : Costa Rican
2010 Artist in resindence at Intaglio (Print Workshop) by Graciella Buratti, Argentina, BA
2008 Artist in residence at the Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) Easton, PA, USA
2002-2007 BFA in Painting at the University of Costa Rica's Shcool of Fine Arts.
2003-2008 BFA in Printmaking at the University of Costa Rica's Shcool of Fine Arts.
2007 International Workshop: Multiple Transparencies, at La Joven Estampa Competition. Havana, Cuba.
2013 Young Curators, Palais de Tokio, Paris, France
2013 Galeria Giamaart , Benevento , Italia
2012 Printmaking in Costa Rica, Ayuntamiento de Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
2012 “Intersubjetividades, Galleries and Museums Route [ International Festival of Arts) 2012, Central Bank Museum
2012 Casino 2012, Escazú Venue
2011 MIA Miami International Art Fair
2011Casino 2011 Gallery Klaus Stainmetz
2010 Art fair NEXT Chicago
2010 Patrajdas Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 6-th the International Triennal of Graphical Art of Bitola in the Republic of Macedonia. In the N.I Institute and museum - Bitola.
2010 Betsy Bickar Gallery, SJ CR
2010 IDEARTE auction of Latin-American art Honduras
2009 Gallery Lazaro, " Rojo" July 2009. SJ, CR
2009 The Young Stamp, Cuba Havana.
2009 II Biennial of Painting and Sculpture ICE, CR
2008 20 Anniversary Gallery Jacobo Carpio. Amon Gallery
2008-2007 Valoarte, Collective of Latin American Art,V& VI Th. Edition
2007 Biennial de Las Américas: Rafael Cauduro" Tijuana,Mexico.
2009 Gallery Kandinsky, San Jose, CR, " The Garden of the Inconscious,"
2008 William Center Art Gallery & Art Collections, Experimental Printmaking Institute, USA.
2008 Cocktails & Collecting “Allentown Art Museum, the USA, PA, November
Winner of Ora Award 2012 Italy
Winner of Ancora Award 2011 CR
2nd place MYARTSPACE Art Scholarship 2009 Graduate winner, USA
First place II Biennial of Painting and sculpture ICE 2009 CR
Winner of Valoarte 2007, Latin American art, V. Edition 2007.
International quarterly of the arts and culture SALMAGUNDI. New York City, USA,
Experimental Printmaking Institute, Easton, PA USA.
National Gallery, Museo de Los niños .CR,
Proamerica bank CR,
National Institute of Electricity. ICE, CR
University of Costa Rica Printmaking collection
-Catalogue" Actors of the central American art" Artmedia 2010
-Premios Ancora, Newspaper La Nacion, 2011
-Sueños y recuerdos, presentes en exposición, Newspaper La Nación Julio 2010
-"Enigmáticas pinturas reviven recuerdos de la infancia," La Nación Newspaper, Aldea Global. August 2009
-Magazine Estilos y Casas edition # 58 2009.
- Retratos enigmáticos invaden la Galería Amón “ Newspaper La Nación, 2009
-http://www.nacion.com/ln_ee/2009/agosto/20/aldea2063892.html Periódico el Florence, Julio 2009.
-Lafayette Alumni News, fall, USA 2008, pag 80.
-Newspaper La Nación Julio 2008 Aldea Global.
- Newspaper La prensa Libre, segmento Abanico, Julio 2008.
-La Nación, artes y letras, Mayo 2008.
-Semanario Universidad, febrero 2008.
-Magazine Estilos y Casas, edición #52, 2007.
-Interview, Radio Eco, segmento Café Pala, Septiembre 2007.
-Newspaper La Nación, Artes y Letras, 5 de septiembre 2007.
-Magazine Artefacto,Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Costarricense edición # 8.
-Ley de la persona joven, edición publicación de lujo 2005, Gobierno de Costa Rica, Ministerio de Cultura Juventud y Deportes.
"Asuntos de familia" (Family Matters) A profound and satirical study of individual identity. For me the act of painting is like having a diary, because a lot of autobiographical elements always emerge. This work in particular is very personal, is about the formation of the individual identity from the familiar surroundings, and It began by the interest towards topics related with the psychoanalisys and also by memories of my past.
Through authors like Freud and Lacan, I explore and study the themes of the unconscious, duality and Otherness. And those elements direct me to" The family", cause according to Lacan,our identity is going to be form in base of the others and the family will be our first " others" .The duality, is an element that is very important for me and its also a present element in this works: who I am for myself and who i am for the others . We defined ourselves through the others, since the identity begins with a physical sensation of the limits of our own body in relation to the others, and their location in the space. Thus the Lacanian concept of "Otherness" is fundamental in this series of works that reflect childhood memories.
The images suggest that families are not so pretty or perfect as they seem but, they are fundamental in the constitution of the individual identity.The speech in my work, appeals to old photos of family groups but it adds a quota of irony, because the characters express a relationship of apparent normality that`s change while it`s contemplated. It`s imperfect, incomplete or far from ideal, These are paintings in search of the bizarre and they let us see indirectly, what lies beyond the apparent normality of the family group Trough disturbing characters that invade the spectator`s space i represent desires and I also like to play with the ideals, and stereotypes. One of the autobiographical elements in this work is associated with the fact that my mother suffer amnesia for two years when I was four, and she could not remember me for that time, and also the lack of personal photographs of my childhood. There for, one of the implicit motivations has been to reclaim part of those childhood experiences like "a necessity to include me in the photos in which I did not appear as a child".