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Sueños Mensajeros/Dream Messengers
Luz Marina Ruiz | paintings, prints, mixed media & book arts
November 5, 2008 - December 21, 2008
Sueños Mensajeros/Dream Messengers includes work by Oakland resident Luz Marina Ruiz in a variety of media: painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media and book arts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is inspired by the world of dreams and nature. Many of the bird images come from childhood dreams of flight. And, at times, the images of birds represent the opposite of flight—they may be confined or trapped by their own inability to free themselves. The bird image in the painting, Messenger, represents the subconscious at work, bringing clarity and meaning to everyday life. It embodies the voices we hear and the stories that are brought to us in our dreams.
Luz Marina Ruiz was born in Cali Colombia. She emigrated with her family at the age of three to New York, where she lived until she graduated from high school. She studied printmaking, painting and drawing at the University of California at Berkeley, where she received a BA, MA, and MFA. After graduate school, Ruiz pursued a career in teaching. She taught design, drawing, painting and printmaking at the college level. During her tenure at Diablo Valley College, she developed a printmaking program. Many of her students are accomplished printmakers and have gone on to establish their own printmaking studios.