Ruth Leonela Buentello

Born in San Antonio, Texas 1984  Lives and works in Texas


MFA Candidate Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelors of Fine Arts with emphasis in painting 2004-2008


Efroymson Emerging Artist in Residence, Ann Arbor, MI 2019

Joan Mitchell Center Artist in Residence, New Orleans, 2019

Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant Recipient 2017
ArtPace Travel Grant, Italy and France, 2010
Contemporary Art Month Award, Más Rudas Chicana Collective, 2010
Merit Scholarship 2004-2008
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Grant 2004-2008

One Person Exhibitions

2019                Yo Tengo Nombre, I Have a Name, Institute of Humanities University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
2015            Body Image, Casa de la Cultura, Del Rio,TX.  
2009            Retratos Nobles, Ursuline Gallery, Southwest School of Arts, SA, TX
                    This is My Neighborhood, 1906 Gallery, SA, TX

Two Person Exhibition

2017            Domestic Narratives, Guadalupe Cultural Arts, San Antonio. TX

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018           Aun Recordamos Aquel Hogar, Wright Gallery. College Station, TX
2017           Don’t Let go, Luminaria. San Antonio, TX
2016           Un Viaje de Cultura, Centro De Artes. San Antonio, TX
                    Mural Installation Novela: Arte y Drama Guadalupe Cultural Arts SA, TX
 2015          Walking Altars,Mas Rudas  Luminaria. San Antonio, TX
 2014          Latina y Que, Co -Curator Mas Rudas YLA  Mexic –Arte, Austin TX.
                   Casa De Luz, Luminaria, San Antonio, TX.
 2013          Mas Rudas Chicana Art Collective: Ruda Phat Institute of Texan Cultures, SA TX
                   Mas Rudas Chicana Art Collective: Brown Style, ArtPace, San Antonio,
                   Mexican American Studies, University of Texas Austin, Austin, TX
                   Serie Print XVI, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX
                   Windows to Our Community, Centro Aztlan, San Antonio, TX
 2011          Mas Rudas Collective: Mas Triste, Unit B Gallery, San Antonio
                    Mas Rudas Collective: Chicanas Only, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX
                    Young Latino Artists: Thought Cloud, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX
                    Manuel Castillo: A Painting of a Community, Museo Alameda, SA, TX
                    Ahora: San Anto En Austin, Mercury Mambo, Austin, TX
                    Huevos Rancheros Gala Silent Art Auction, Plaza Guadalupe, SA, TX
 2010           Better to Die On My Feet, Self Help Graphics & Art, Los Angeles, CA
                    Family, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
                    Mas Rudas: Operation Canis Familiaris, Guadalupe Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX
 2009           Mas Rudas Collective: Our Debut, Danny’s House, San Antonio, TX
                    Showcase Artist Chalk It Up, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX
 2008          UTSA Juried Exhibition, UTSA Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX
                   Many Faces of Women, Southwest School of Arts, San Antonio, TX
                   Nueva Generacion, Lone Star Studios, San Antonio, TX
                   Yellow Rose, Bihl Haus Gallery, San Antonio, TX
                    Tierra Indigena, Guadalupe Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX
 2007          Bachelor of Fine Arts Undergraduate Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
                    Little Village Arts Festival, Cafe Catedral, Chicago, IL
                   Chicano Experience, Mattie Rhodes Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Community/Public Art Projects

2017     Don’t Let go- Luminaria San Antonio TX
2016     Follow Your Sueños Mural, Travis Park Centro San Antonio TX
2011     Cycle of Violence, Irving Academy, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX
             Lead artist for indoor public art project in collaboration with AVID Class. 
             Project based on violence, pollution, and cruelty to animals. Project educated
             students on importance of re-using discarded objects and materials from their       
2009     Una Mesa Para la Gente Restoration, San Anto Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX
             Lead artist on restoration project. Implemented stained glass mosaic to original
             design. Worked with community residents to restore project.
2007      Where We Are Going, Instituto Del Progresso Latino, Chicago, IL
              Lead artist on mural project for alternative school, worked with youth on   
               development of design and creation of mural.
2007       St. Alphonsus Mosaic Benches, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago, IL
               Assistant to lead artist on ceramic mosaics, assisted on workshops for
               development of design, cut tile, installed mosaics.
2005       Past and Present and Future, Desert Mirage High School, Coachella, CA
               Designed and created mural in collaboration with high school students.
2003       Piedad, San Anto Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX
               Lead Artist for project and developed design for mural and facilitated mural process              
               throughout completion. Collaborated with community residents to complete design
2001       Tradicion y Cultura, San Anto Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX
                Assisted lead artist in conceptualizing and creating painted mural.
2012            Serie Print Coronado Studios Residency, Austin, TX
2010            Mas Rudas Collective: Homegirls, Slanguage Studio, Wilmington, CA
2012            Creative Communities, Convergent Media Talks, Incarnate Word University 
2008            Traditional vs. Contemporary Latino Arts, National Association of Latino Arts
                      and Cultures Regional Conference. El Paso TX.
Member of National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
Member of Mas Rudas Chicana Art Collective
Texas Art Education Association
 The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras Y Cambio Social. 11.2 (2012): 8-12. Print

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