Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Ruth Buentello

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Ruth Buentello

San Antonio, TX
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Ruth Leonela Buentello is a painter based in San Antonio, TX. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. In 2009, she and four like-minded artists founded the Mas Rudas collective. Through Mas Rudas, Buentello’s work has evolved to explore socio-cultural examinations of Chican@ identity and cultural representations of gender. 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. Buentello’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at venues including Southwest School of the Arts, The University of Texas at San Antonio Fine Arts Gallery, Unit B Gallery, and the Museo Alameda in San Antonio, TX; the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; the Slanguage Studio in Los Angeles, CA; and Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX. 


“I paint from a bi-cultural lens that documents my own intimate experience with familial interactions specific to Latinos in south Texas. Through portraiture and narratives in domestic settings, I’m interesting in focusing on what sets my family apart and at the same time, through that focus, finding what makes us Americans as well.”


  • Under the Mexican Colchas, 2012, acrylic on canvas with ribbon, 40 x 60 inches

  • Como Sufre el Pecho Mio, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 70 inches

  • Hiding en mis Colchas #1, 2017, acrylic on paper, 40 x 30 inches

  • Que tiene la Nina, la Nina esta triste, 2017, acrylic on paper

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.