Helene Ruiz was born in New York City January 15th, 1958 and has been drawing and painting since childhood. Her father was the major influence in her creative interests and he always encouraged her to express herself through her art. He, being an artist himself, was her teacher, mentor and inspiration.
In October of 2008, while residing and working out of her apartment in the Bronx, NY, Helene Ruiz organized the Urban Individualists, an artist’s collective born from the vision to assemble a group of artists, both visual and performing, into a collective body. The group represents a multicultural and international network of collaborating individualists cohesively working as a unit.
In 2007 Helene was awarded a grant from The Wheeler Foundation, and in 2009 she was awarded an artists grant from the Salmagundi foundation in NYC. Then, in 2011, the disciples of Humanity served Helene an award for the work she has done within various communities enriching those communities with culture, education and art.
Helene Ruiz now resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia and works out of her apartment. She has exhibited her works in numerous shows both nationally and internationally.
Art is my passion, religion and salvation. It is my way of surviving and coping. I paint what I feel, when I feel, although most of my works are considered “surreal” in style by many, my work is actually my “reality” and my perception and creative expression of my life and my interpretation of my environment and the lives of others around me. There is no “correct” way to conclude the meaning behind my work as it is meant to reach inside of you and for you to decide how it relates to your soul, your life, your experiences. I love to paint, I cannot imagine my life without it. Painting is my true “freedom” as I can say whatever I want without restriction. I can express myself when words are at a loss. The stories behind my works are many, I would love to hear how my works may relate to your stories.