Ruth Leonela Buentello is an interdisciplinary artist from San Antonio, TX. She is known to create narratives, installations, murals rooted in her Xicana cultural identity. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and is a recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant.  Her work has been selected to be apart of the Outwin Boochever National Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. opening Oct 25, 2019. She is currently a full tuition scholar at Maine College of Art, where she will receive her MFA in 2021.

 Ruth is rooted in her community and has worked on various community art projects in her hometown of San Antonio. From 2009- 2015 she was one 4 founders of the Mas Rudas collective exploring socio-cultural issues of Chican@ identity, cultural representations of gender, and the co-optation of Chicana/o/x/Tejana/o/x /Latina/o/x history and culture. She is currently a resident artist at the Institute of Humanities at the University of Michigan.


City of San Antonio Public Art Project: Creative Maps and Geographies

Efroymson Emerging Artist in Residence Institute of Humanities University of Michigan

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Contact: ruthbuentello@gmail.com

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