Gina Ruggeri

United States 1970

3d Art, Drawing

Gina Ruggeri
Gina Ruggeri
United States
October 2, 2015
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Gina Ruggeri is an American artist, born in 1970. She is known for her trompe l’oeil paintings on walls, which are a form of architectural intervention.

Trompe l’oeil is an art technique which creates the optical illusion. The depicted objects appear to be three-dimensional. Her artworks form a relationship to the walls of galleries and studios where they are created. They are eye-catching images of logs, stones, and smokes that disappear and emerge from the walls. Rugger views her work as the offspring of fresco painting, stage design, and minimalist sculpture.

She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1992 summa cum laude, and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art in 1996. Ruggeri received various awards for his work: a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, an NYFA grant, an Artist-in-Residence position at the Grand Canyon National Park and much more.

In addition to participating in numerous exhibitions in the United States, Gina also held solo shows all over the country (and in Japan once), such as a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut in 2010, and a 2011 solo show at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York. Her work is currently on view in a group show Prime Matter at the Drawing Museum in Laholm, Sweden. The show will be on view until January 10, 2016.

She has been teaching Drawing at Vassar College Art Department since 1996 and SUNY-Purchase.

Featured image: Gina Ruggeri – Smoking Log, 2010

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Gina Ruggeri101/EXIBIT, Los Angeles, CASolo
2015Prime MatterThe Laholm Drawing Museum, Laholm, SwedenGroup
2014Prime MatterSenaspace, New York, NYGroup
2013MICA: Then/NowKunsthalle Beacon (KuBe), Beacon, NYGroup
2013Doing and UndergoingTeacher’s College, Columbia University, NYGroup
2013Koi No Yokan101 Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA Group
2012Speakers111 Front Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2012Out of the Ruins: Reimagining the Romantic TraditionNew Art Center, Newton, MAGroup
2012Permanent CollectionNancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011Gina RuggeriThe Gallery @ 1GAP, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2011Gina RuggeriNancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2011GreenhouseBernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2011April SkyVaudeville Park, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010Gina RuggeriAldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CTSolo
2010Works on PaperNancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009FigmentKumukumu Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009Infinitesimal EternityYale School of Art, New Haven, CTGroup
2008Gina RuggeriSecond Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VASolo
2008Gina RuggeriKevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2008Hyper-NatureSPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OHGroup
2008The Outer SpacePluto Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2008PrimaryWilliam Paterson University, Wayne, NJGroup
2007Running Around the PoolMuseum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FLGroup
2007Paper NowI-Space, Chicago, ILGroup
2007The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art FoundationContemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LAGroup
2006Gina RuggeriKevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2006Queens International 2006Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NYGroup
2006RefinedLyons Wier Ortt Contemporary, New York, NYGroup
2006181st Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary ArtThe National Academy of Design, New York, NYGroup
20063 Painters: Meghan Brady, Karen Dow, Gina RuggeriHampshire College, Amherst, MAGroup
2005Selections ’05The Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NYGroup
2005ResurfacedBoston University Art Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2005New WorkThe Schoolhouse Galleries, Provincetown, MAGroup
2004Gina RuggeriKevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2003Gina RuggeriRed Dot, New York, NYSolo
2003Guest Artist Exhibition, Tenri BiennaleTenri, JapanSolo
2002Gina RuggeriVassar College, Poughkeepsie, NYSolo