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Su trayectoria se remonta a la década de 1980 cuando, tras concluir sus estudios de arte en París y trabajar durante un tiempo en el mundo de la publicidad, decidió dedicarse por entero al arte.A través de sus diferentes proyectos, la obra de Pedro Ruiz se ocupa de cuestiones sociales y políticas que afectan a Colombia y al mundo en general. En efecto, trabajos como Love Is In The Air, Colombianas Ligeras, Manifiesta o Desplazamientos, son manifestaciones de muchos aspectos de la vida nacional que afectan nuestro planeta de manera global. La naturaleza como una fuerza que no podemos controlar y con la que debemos vivir en armonía está siempre presente en sus obras.En la actualidad, el proyecto ORO, Espíritu y Naturaleza de un Territorio se presenta en diferentes lugares del mundo como imagen representativa de Colombia. De esta obra se ha desprendido un proyecto pedagógico y artístico de talleres de arte para niños, jóvenes y adultos llamado  ORO VITAL: una invitación a mirar con amor a nuestro país, a conectarnos nuevamente con nuestra inocencia, a comprender quiénes somos y a reconstruir nuestra identidad abriendo un nuevo camino.


Colecciones públicas

Museo Nacional de Colombia
Unión de Naciones Americanas,UNASUR, Quito, Ecuador Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá
Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo - MAC


Embajador de UNICEF, Bogotá, octubre de 2014.
Caballero en la Orden de las Artes y las Letras de La República Francesa, Bogotá, 2010. 
Mención de Honor en el XXXII Salón Nacional de Artistas, Bogota,  1988.

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Pedro Ruiz

Bogotá 1957


En1978 il avance des études en l'École Nationale de Beaux-Arts de Paris et travaux en le “Atelier 17”, atelier de gravure fondé par le maître Stanley W, Hayter. En 1984 il travaille en publicité chez Mc Cann Erickson comme directeur d'art.

En 1988 il reçoit une mention d'Honneur au salon national d'artistes de la Colombie. Ses expositions individuelles comprennent des travaux pour des galeries à Miami et Bogota et au Musée d'Art Moderne de Bogota, Musée d'Art Moderne de Carthagène, salle d'expositions du Claustre de Santo Domingo à Carthagène.

Il a réalisé un grand nombre d’expositions collectives au niveau national et international.

En 1999 il organise “La Bibliothèque Naturelle” avec la participation de plus de 50 Artistes, intellectuels et scientifiques du pays. Ils sont invités à exposer ses connaissances et ses métiers á l’intérieur d'une enceinte spécialement conçue pour l'occasion.


Cette expérience permet à Pedro Ruiz, l’année suivante, de conformer le groupe “nadieøpina”(Personnedonnesonøpinion). Avec ce groupe d'artistes, ouvert à la participation, il réalise des projets expérimentaux.


En le 2002 “ nadieøpina ” est invité à faire partie des Expositions de La Galerie Santa Fé à Bogota avec le projet “Lieu de Résidence” réalisée en collaboration avec le groupe brésilien “Clube da Lata”.


Ses trois derniers travaux, “Déplacements”, “ Love Is In The Air” et « ORO », cherchent, pendant un long procès d'expositions, à transformer son caractère individuel en des événements participatifs qu'abordent de façon efficace des problèmes comme celui du trafic de drogues ou du déplacement forcé en Colombie…

English bio


Pedro Ruiz's work occupies itself with social and political issues that affect his country, Colombia. Nature and the concept that it is a force which we cannot control and must live in harmony with, is ever-present in his works. There are three fundamental series which Ruiz has developed through paintings and installations: Love is in the Air, Displacements and Gold.


Love is in the Air is reminiscent of a nostalgic poem bleeding with elements of a love that seems to have drifted away from where it is needed most.  Images of strikingly beautiful poppies overwhelm our sentiments, almost misleading in their humorous delight, as love songs fill the air. A sinister thread of gas hangs, an ironically gentle yet foreboding sign of the destruction yet to come.


Focusing on the politically charged theme of fumigating heroine producing poppies, Pedro Ruiz’ latest body of work imbues his subject with a spiritual and utterly human tone, posing the most basic yet complex of questions: where is the love when such drastic acts take place? Behind such devastating beauty lies an irony that is at once fragile, humorous, and deeply profound, one that Ruiz hopes will bring viewers to thoroughly contemplate a problem that involves all of us as a society. For when violence breaks, it is a ripple effect of involvement and suffering, and the solutions proposed yield no true answer.


As Carl Jung has expressed, “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart…who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” It is precisely this awakening that Ruiz is calling upon, and through the lovely irony of bittersweet reflection, he begs the question, where is the love?



Through this series Pedro Ruiz gracefully alludes to the tragedy born from warfare in Colombia, juxtaposing strikingly harmonious and peaceful images of a man transporting a symbolic representation of his homeland in a canoe with the painful context that this image represents: that of the forced displacements in this country. Displacements grew from the artist’s perception that, through art, the collective memory of a country in conflict can grow beyond that of sorrowful memories of loss. From Displacements stems the idea that those who have had to leave their home, their land, their place of origin, always take a part of it within themselves. The image of banana trees bathed in red alludes to the violence and heartbreak suffered by those who must depart from a territory that is an essential part of their being. Whether those displaced take their land with them in its natural state, or metaphorically tainted in red, this body of works demonstrates how nature can find itself in tune with the reality of our existence.



GOLD, Spirit and Nature of a Territory, born out of the artist’s Displacements series, seeks to convey the essence of the Colombian spirit, with the canoes now carrying elements of a beloved cultural patrimony to be shared with the rest of the world.  Conceived as a traveling exhibition of 40 unsellable miniature works, 4 have now been transferred into a larger format, reflecting a collective identity that leaves behind the sweeping stereotypes born from violence and conflict, to encompass a clearer definition of who Colombians truly are.


When displaced Colombians must depart, relinquish their home, and start anew, the cultural elements embodied in their identity escape and are overshadowed by the definition of a country wrought with warfare and difficulty. They are no longer from the Colombia whose butterflies rise to the heights of planes flying at dawn, but from a country that is suspiciously judged before being truly experienced. With GOLD, Spirit and Nature of a Territory, Ruiz serenely invites us to reflect and meditate upon the different values that throughout the centuries have shaped this nation, asking us to look beyond the initial impression, through the multifaceted layers, and into the heart of a rich and complex identity.


Pedro Ruiz presents a new series that derives itself directly from his series “Gold, Spirit and Nature of a Territory,” and proposes conceptual variations. Although he continues to invite the observer to preserve Colombia’s and the world’s most precious natural values and treasures, the symbolic aspect of the image is strengthened by its simplicity. The calm and unassuming appearance of the works, evokes images of eastern mysticism that reinforce a direct and powerful invitation to reflect… to contemplate upon the urgency of mankind to reconnect to the natural world, a vital relationship necessary for the continuing evolution of humanity and today’s world.





1979/1983 Ecole Nationale de Beaux Arts, Paris



Solo Exhibitions


ORO (Gold, Spirit and nature of a territory)

Museo dos Correios, Brasilia, Brasil (2015)

Nada que ver - Galería Lamazone (2014)

Oro - Museo Nacional de Jakarta, Indonesia (2014)

Oro - MC Forest, Tokio. (2013)Oro - Museo de la Inqisición, Cartagena. (2013)

Oro - Real academia de España en Roma, Italia. (2012)Oro - Alianza Francesa, Bogotá. (2012)

Oro - Festival de Música Religiosa, Popayán, (2012)

Oro - Museo Bolivariano de arte Contemporáneo de Santa Marta (2011)

Love is in the air - Museo de Arte Visuales de la Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano (2011)

Oro - Claustro de Santo Domingo en Cartagena (2010)

Oro - Cultural santo Domingo de Oaxaca, México (2010)

Oro - Sala de Exposiciones del Ateneo de Madrid, España (2009)

Oro - Museo de Arte Moderno de Pereira (2009)Oro - Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (2009)

Love is in the Air - The Americas Collection, Miami (2008)

Love is in the Air - Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota (2007)

Love is in the Air - Casa Tres Patios, Medellin (2007)

Love is in the Air - Claustro de Santo Domingo (2006)

Love is in the Air - Galería Casas-Riegner, Bogota. (2006)

Desplazamientos - The Americas Collection, Miami (2006)

Fotografías - Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (2005)

Todo - Galería El Garaje, Bogotá (2004)

Fotografías - Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (2004)

Fotografías - Casas-Riegner Gallery, Miami (2004)

Desplazamientos - Galería Casas-Riegner, Bogotá (2003)

Hi8 Miami - Casas-Riegner Gallery, Miami (2002)

Hi8 Bogotá - Galería Casas-Riegner, Bogotá (2001)

Pinturas - The Americas Collection, Miami (2011)

Biblioteca Natural - Galería Casas-Riegner, Bogotá (1999)

Las Alas de la Memoria - Museo de Arte Moderno, Cartagena (1998)

Pinturas - The Americas Collection, Miami (1998)

Blooming Days - Galería Casas-Riegner, Bogotá (1997)

Subversion - Martha Gutierrez Fine Arts, Miami (1993)

Nuevos Mundos - Galería Gartner-Torres, Bogotá (1991)

Geografía Divergente - Galería Elida Lara, Barranquilla (1990)

Ciudades Perdidas - Galería Gartner-Torres, Bogotá (1989)


Group Exhibitions

ArtBo - Beatriz Esguerra Art - Bogotá, (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

Cuerpos Pintados - OCA Sao Pablo, Brasil (2005)

La Medida del Dorado - Palacio Santa Croce, Roma (2005)

Beca en Dólares - Galería La Rebeca (2003)

El mundo al instante - Casas-Riegner Gallery, Miami (2002)

Animalandia - Museo de Arte de la U. Nacional, Bogotá (2002)

Medidas Naturales - Proyecto del Instituto Goethe, Bogotá (2001)

Lugar de Residencia - Galería Santa Fe, Bogotá (2001)

El mundo al Instante - Portoalegre, Brasil (2000)

SALE - Locales Comerciales, Bogotá (2000)

En Blanco - Academia Superior de Artes de Bogotá (2000)

Primeros Premios - Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá. (1999)



Friend of Unicef - October 2014

Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. (2010)

Winner of the Call for Exhibitions at the Santa Fe Gallery Room. (2003)

Honorable Mention at the XXXII National Salon of Artists

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