Joan Mitchell Center
Ruth Leonela Buentello

Ruth Leonela Buentello

San Antonio, TX
Painting
March 11–May 3
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“Through the use of paints and fabric, my work examines gender, culture, and place to capture narratives of Brown subjects and their relationships within domestic spaces. Through this medium, I am creating contemporary depictions of South Texas landscapes.”

Ruth Leonela Buentello received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Since graduating, she has exhibited her work in group exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA; the Museo Alameda, San Antonio, TX; Slanguage Studio, Los Angeles, CA; The University of Texas at San Antonio Fine Arts Gallery, TX; Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; and Unit B Gallery, San Antonio, TX. In 2009, she founded the Mas Rudas collective in collaboration with like-minded Chicana artists. Through Mas Rudas, her work has evolved into socio-cultural examinations of Chican@ identity, cultural representations of gender, and the co-optation of Chican@/Tejan@/Latin@ history and culture. In 2010, she received an Artist Travel Grant from Artpace to study the art of Nikki de Saint Phalle in Italy and France. In 2011, she was chosen to participate in the Young Latino Artists 16: Thought Cloud exhibition at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX. In 2012, she was a resident at Serie Project in Austin, TX. Ruth is a 2017 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. She served as the Community Mural/Public Art Program Coordinator at San Anto Cultural Arts for four years. Ruth is currently working on her own art projects, with a passion for empowering communities through the creation of her work, as public art.

Ruth Leonela Buentello

Ruth Leonela Buentello

Como Sufre el Pecho Mio

Como Sufre el Pecho Mio

2016, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 in

Cumpleanos Inseguro

Cumpleanos Inseguro

2017, acrylic on canvas, 63 x 63 in

Golpes en el Corazon

Golpes en el Corazon

2017, acrylic on paper, 22 x 30 in

Hiding en Mis Colchas: Fetus Postition

Hiding en Mis Colchas: Fetus Postition

2017, acrylic on paper, 30 x 40 in

Hiding en Mis Colchas

Hiding en Mis Colchas

2017, acrylic on paper, 30 x 40 inches

The Last Supper

The Last Supper

2017, acrylic on canvas with lace border, 42 x 64 in

Na, Ama!

Na, Ama!

acrylic on canvas, 30 x 48 inches

Under the Mexican Colchas

Under the Mexican Colchas

2013, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 in