About the Artist
Juan Pablo Ruiz is a painter born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Chicago. He received a BA in History and a BA in Art at Northeastern Illinois University and received his MFA at the historic Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Juan has exhibited in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City and is currently teaching at Northeastern Illinois University’s Art Department.
These paintings take visual inspiration from classic artwork and thematic inspiration from the political and social turmoil that has afflicted the United States in the last few years; crystalizing the political chaos, immigrant’s journey, and injustice of a failed immigration system – into images that borrow from the iconic gravitas of altarpieces, mythological archetypes, and even temple friezes.