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.