Ruth Leonela Buentello is a interdisciplinary artist based out of San Antonio, TX. She is known to create representations of Latinx working class communities. 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. 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. Ruth has also managed and collaborated on various community art projects throughout the Westside of San Antonio through San Anto Cultural Arts.
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.
Ruth also served as an art educator in Texas Schools from 2014-2018 and is currently dedicating herself full-time to her studio practice, thanks to the Joan Mitchell Foundation.