Ruth Leonela Buentello is based out of San Antonio, TX. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Ruth is a recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant. Since graduating she has exhibited her work in group exhibitions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Self Help Graphics, the Slanguage Studio in Los Angeles, California, Meadows Museum of Art, Mexic- Arte Museum, Art Room, and Artpace Window Works. Ruth has also created various public art projects throughout the San Antonio.
From 2009- 2015 she founded and participated in the Mas Rudas collective in collaboration with like-minded Chicana artists. Through Mas Rudas her work has evolved to explore the socio-cultural examinations of Chican@ identity, cultural representations of gender, and the co-optation of Chican@/Tejan@/Latin@ history and culture.
She served as the Community Mural/Public Art Program Coordinator at San Anto Cultural Arts for four years, where she managed the creation and implementation of community mural projects. Ruth served as an art educator in Texas School for four years and is currently taking a sabbatical to fulfill her grant working on her own projects.