Ian Ruffino

Ian Ruffino

20.5″ x 20.5”
Gouached on Fabric

Gallery Affiliation: Angela Meleca Gallery
Value: $2700
silent auction


Buffalo, NY-born, Ian Ruffino works in variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking and sewing. Incorporating curating and teaching with a studio practice founded on engaging in a fiction and then setting that fiction into motion, he has created a studied and elusive career. As Christopher Bedford, Henry and Lois Foster Director, Rose Art Museum writes in an essay for his exhibition, Sleep at Columbus College of Art & Design’s project space, 2012 “Obdurately abstract in appearance, his work is, in fact, a frankly autobiographical enterprise, perhaps not representational, but certainly representative and very much of the world. Made very often from clothes Ruffino has purchased and worn, his works are as much of him as by him.”

Ruffino holds an MFA in Printmaking from The Ohio State University and a BFA in Art History and Printmaking from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo. He taught Printmaking, art theory and various studio classes at The Ohio State University for 12 years, worked as exhibition design staff at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art, and as an artist’s assistant for Sid Chafetz, Allan McCollum, and Roxy Paine among others. He became the Interim Director of Exhibitions at Columbus College of Art & Design’s Beeler Gallery in the summer of 2016.

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