Tamara Ruiz is a contemporary artist working in a number of mediums, primarily mixed-media. She lives on a small farm in Nebraska with her husband Bob and a menagerie of rescued animals. Living in the Midwest
her entire life - Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and now Nebraska - has impacted both the style and subject matter of her work. Tamara works in two different, but related styles; mixed media collage featuring vintage photographs, and oil painting on a mixed media background. Her mixed media collages start with a background of vintage ephemera combined with modern aspects of paint and surface design.
The layers of paper and paint - distressed with sandpaper throughout the process - allow her collage process to show through. An enlarged vintage photograph comprises the focal element of the collages. Tamara’s oil
paintings begin in a similar way, with a mixed media background, but then differ as the focal element is a bold, stylized oil painting of iconic western imagery. She constantly experiments with new techniques, but starts each work with the same focus on shape, composition and color. As an opportunity to make her design work available to a wider audience, Tamara has ongoing collaborations with two U.S. textile companies;
American Dakota Textiles in Georgia; and Sweetwater Trading in Wisconsin; that offer her mixed media designs on area rugs and luxury pillows. Tamara currently has work in collections across the U.S. and also in
Belgium, Norway and Singapore. In 2013, she had a month long, solo exhibition at the Nebraska Governor's Residence in Lincoln, Nebraska. Recent exhibitions have included invitations to several well known western
museum shows; Cowgirl Up! Exhibition and Sale at the Desert Caballeros
Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona; The Russell: Exhibition and Sale at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana; and Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Throughout the year, Tamara’s work may be seen in juried and invitational gallery and museum shows, as well as online at www.tamararuiz.com.
Click on the images below to view Tamara K. Ruiz's artwork available for sale at this year's show.