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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

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)