Lisa Ruyter  (American, 1968) 

Lisa Ruyter (American, b.1968) explores the relationship between photography and painting in her colorful figure paintings and prints. Born in Washington, D.C., Ruyter studied at the MCPS Art Center in Maryland, and received graduate degrees from the School of Visual Arts and the Hunter College Graduate Fine Arts Program in New York. Ruyter’s work is a commentary on painting and photography as diverse media. Her artistic process begins with a photograph of an everyday scene, such as a gallery opening or a packed movie theater. The image is translated by line drawing onto a surface, and the delineated sections are filled in with blocks of color that often differ from the initial scene. The result is a flattened, distant replica of the original, a representation of the divide between modern technology and traditional media. The artist’s work is often self-reflective, as in the black-and-white self-portraits she presented in 2006 at Team Gallery in New York—a gallery she co-founded in 1996. Ruyter has exhibited at major institutions around the world. She participated in MoMA’s Projects 77 and PS1’s original exhibition of Greater New York. Ruyter has also exhibited at the Museum for Contemporary Art in Athens, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki Japan. The artist currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria, where she runs Galerie Lisa Ruyter.

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Lisa Ruyter, Under The Red Robe


Lisa Ruyter
Under The Red Robe

Rita Krauss Fine Art
Lisa Ruyter, The Bridge on the River Kwai


Lisa Ruyter
The Bridge on the River Kwai

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Lisa Ruyter, The Garden


Lisa Ruyter
The Garden

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Lisa Ruyter, Detour


Lisa Ruyter

Anita Friedman Fine Arts
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Lisa Ruyter, Hotel Terminus


Lisa Ruyter
Hotel Terminus, 1997
acrylic on canvas


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Lisa Ruyter, Home Alone


Lisa Ruyter
Home Alone, 2003
Acrylic on canvas


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Lisa Ruyter, Untitled


Lisa Ruyter
acrylic on canvas


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1968   born in Washington, D.C., USA
1982 - 1986   MCPS Art Center, Maryland
1990   School of Visual Arts, New York, BFA Fine Arts
1991 - 1992   Hunter College Graduate Fine Arts Program, New York
2009   Just what is it that makes today's painting so different, so appealing?, Gering & López Gallery, New York
2008   Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria; November 11 - December (solo)
2008   Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; February 23 - March 22 (solo)
2008   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France; January 12 - February 17 (solo)
2008   Busan Biennale, Busan, Corea, September 6 November 15 (group)
2008   Lisa Ruyter and Thomas Ruff, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, Corea, May 30-June 21 (group)
2008   Coleccin Inelcom Arte Contemporneo, Inaugural Exhibition, Madrid, Spain, February (group)
2007   Imagery Play, PKM Gallery Beijing, China, September 29 November 10 (group)
2007   Centro Galego de Arte Contempornea (CGAC), Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Cuestion Xeracional (Generational Issue), PECAR Collection of Contemporary Artists, curated by Carlos Urroz, September 7ï-November 4 (group)
2007   The Contemporary Self-Portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria, Exposures, August (group)
2007   Hydra School Projects, palio gymnasio, Hydra, Greece, GRUPS (Dimitrios Antonitsis, Scott Campbell, Torben Giehler, Tillman Kaiser, Bjarne Melgaard, Rallou Panagiotou, Lisa Ruyter, Dash Snow, Konstantin Trubkovich, Aaron Young), July 7- September 23 (group)
2007   Rockers Island: Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, May 5 July 1 (group)
2007   POP ART 1960's - 2000's From Misumi Corporation, Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Japan, April 7-May 20, Exhibition to tour to Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Hachioji Yume Art Museum from April 7-November 5 (group)
2007   Infinite Polar Bear Party, curated by Julie Ryan, Kunstbuero, Vienna, Austria (the) Melvins @ (the) Mandrake, Los Angeles, USA, Album covers for the Melvins commissioned by Bob Nickas, February 25-March 31 (group)
2007   Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Napoli, Italy; March (solo)
2006   Team Gallery, New York, USA; April (solo)
2006   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France; May (solo)
2006   Lustpavillion, Mirabellgarten, Salzburg, Austria; May (solo)
2005   Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany; January (solo)
2005   St. Wolfgang Church, Regensburg, Germany; February (solo)
2005   Only the Paranoid Survive, curated by Daniel Fuller, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, USA, Opening: September 17 (group)
2005   Bucolica: The Contemporary Landscape, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria, July 22 - August 28 (group)
2005   I Love My Scene: Scene 3, an exhibition in three parts curated by Jos Freire (Team Gallery), Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA, April 8-May 13 (group)
2005   Contemporary Voice: The Contemporary American Art from Misumi Collection, Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori, Japan, November 19-December 25 (group)
2005   Painting The Edge, Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Corea, September - October (group)
2005   (…) et le canard était toujours vivant, Abbaye Saint-Andre, Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac, France; July-October (group)
2005   Slices of Life: Blueprints of the Self in Painting, curated by Karin Pernegger and Walter Seidl, Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC, USA, January-April (group)
2005   Now is The Time, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria, January - February (group)
2004   Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France; January (solo)
2004   Dombergmuseum Freising, Freising, Germany; February - May (solo)
2003   Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria; September (solo)
2003   Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland; December (solo)
2003   My Way Home, with Dexter Dalwood and Bernhard Martin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (group)
2003   Painting Pictures-Malerei und Medien im digitalen Zeitalter, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (group)
2003   Pop-Thru-Out, Arario Gallery, Chungcheongnam-do, Corea, May (group)
2002 - 2003   Shopping: Art and Consumer Culture, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany, September-December 2002, also at Tate Liverpool, UK, December 2002-March 2003 (group)
2002   Projects 77, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, USA, October-November (group)
2002   Stations of the Cross, Art|33|Basel, June, Art Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland, June (group)
2002   From the Observatory, curated by Bob Nickas, Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC, USA, March (group)
2002   Love, curated by David Risley, 14 Wharf Road/David Risley, London, UK, March/April (group)
2002   Mario Diacono, Boston, USA; November (solo)
2002   Leo Koenig, Inc., New York, USA; November (solo)
2002   Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany; January (solo)
2001   Leo Koenig, Inc., New York, NY, USA; February (solo)
2001   Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich, Germany; March (solo)
2001   Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria; May (solo)
2001   Special Projects: Lisa Ruyter: Rooftops, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC, USA, October (group)
2001   Ghost World, curated by Michael Cohen, C.A.I.S. Gallery, Seoul, Corea, October (group)
2001   Come on, Feel the Noise, Asbaek Galerie, Copenhagen, Denmark, February (group)
2001   Before They Became Who They Are, curated by Norman Dubrow, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, NYC, USA, January (group)
2000   Pastoral Pop, curated by Debra Singer, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, NYC, USA, July-December (group)
2000   Sport, Jack Featherly and Lisa Ruyter, Galerie Frank, Paris, France; September (group)
2000   Wayne Gonzales, Lisa Ruyter, John Tremblay, Reali ArteContemporanea, Brescia, Italy, May (group)
2000   Transporter, curated by Laurie De Chiara and Naomi Urabe, About Studio, Bangkok, Thailand, January-February) (group)
2000   Greater New York, curated in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC, USA, February-May (group)
2000   I Hate NY, Kenny Schachter/Rove, London, UK, May (group)
2000   Hex Enduction Hour by the Fall, curated by Bob Nickas, Team Gallery, NYC, USA, January-February (group)
2000   Art + Public, Pierre Huber, Geneva, Switzerland; April (solo)
1999   Dorothee DePauw Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; October (solo)
1999   Reali Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy; October (solo)
1999   Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; March (solo)
1999   Other Paintings, curated by Julie Joyce, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, California, USA (group)
1999   eflny 1999, curated by Tam Ochiai, Tomio Koyama, Tokyo, Japan, September (group)
1999   The Bastard Kids of Drella, curated by Steven Parrino, Le Consortium, Dijon, France, July-August (group)
1999   Jeff Elrod / Lisa Ruyter, (two person exhibition, Pat Hearn Gallery, NYC, USA, March (group)
1999   Paradise 8: Permanent Resident, curated by Odili Donald Odita, Exit Art, NYC, USA, January-April (group)
1999   Looking at Ourselves: Works by Women Artists From the Logan Collection, curated by Gary Garrels, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA, January-April (group)
1998   Cambio, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico, September (group)
1998   Painting Now and Forever, Matthew Marks Gallery and Pat Hearn Gallery, NYC, USA, July (group)
1998   White, Mitchell Algus, NYC, USA, July (group)
1998   Clementine Gallery, NYC, USA, July (group)
1998   Rove/Kenny Schachter, New York, USA; May (solo)
1998   Mitchell Algus, New York, USA; May (solo)
1998   A Delicate Condition, organized by Jerry Kearns, Kent, NYC, USA; March (group)
1997   Diamond Dogs, Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA; June (group)
1997   Inside Out Art Fair, Organized by Kenny Schachter, 32 Mercer Street, New York, NY, USA; May (group)
1996   Roy Arden, AC2K, Chivas Clem, John Kelsey, Lisa Ruyter, Tom Burr, John Waters, American Fine Arts, Co., NYC, USA, June (group)
1996   The Gramercy Art Fair, Mitchell Algus, NYC, USA, May (group)
1996   One Great Jones, New York, USA; November (solo)
1995   Saturday Night Fever, organized by Michael Cohen and Catherine Liu, Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles, CA, USA, April (group)
1995   The Joy of Painting, organized by Alix Lambert, Here, NYC, USA, February (group)
1994   Speed Trials,Team Gallery, DC, Washington, D.C., USA, November (group)
1994   Disfunction, USA, organized by Peter Halley and Robert Nickas Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (group)
1994   Punishment + Decoration, organized by Michael Corris, Hohenthal Und Bergen Gallery, Cologne, Germany, April-May (group)
1993 - 1994   Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA; December-January, 1994 (solo)
1993   Wooster Gardens, New York, USA; May (solo)
1993   Project with Chuck Nanney, Jack Tilton Gallery, NYC, USA; June (group)
1993   Steve DiBenedetto, Scott Grodesky, Bill Komoski, Peter Nagy, Lari Pittman, Lisa Ruyter, Jay Gorney Modern Art, NYC, USA, June (group)
1993   What you are about to see is real, Muranushi Lederman Productions for the Chicago Art Fair, USA, May (group)
1993   Fluff from New York, organized by Trudie Reiss, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA, May (group)
1993   Home Alone, organized by Ricardo De Oliveira and Sarah Morris, 211 East 10th Street, NYC, USA, March (group)
1993   Some artists I've been thinking about . . ., Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC, USA, February (group)
1993   Live in Your Head, organized by Robert Nickas, Heiligenkreuzerhof, School for the Applied Arts in collaboration with Galerie Metropol, Vienna, Austria, January (group)