Conrad Ruiz

Published February 8, 2010 by Graham


Wild colors explode across the epic images seared into Conrad Ruiz’s canvases. Bursting with epic drama, this San Franciscan’s paintings access the greatest heights of energy and excitement. Ruiz wields a strong comic sensibility, but his work has a secret depth brimming beneath its surface that transcends its endearing kitschiness. In his hands, the frozen image of a football coach being doused in Gatorade takes on a certain melancholy, and a glimpse of four track and field stars tumbling into oblivion amidst several pairs of whitey-tighties feels downright tragic. His stunningly detailed compositions demand your full attention and necessitate repeated views to meditate on their seductive mysteries.


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4 comments so far

  1. adrienne says:

    AND they’re watercolor…amazing!

  2. Sam says:

    this is my favorite artist you’ve have posted so far.

  3. Holy shit. This is so awesome I think the little man who is symbiotically attached to my chest just had a heart attack.

  4. davididas says: