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João Ruas (b. 1981) is a visual artist from São Paulo, Brazil. A Bachelor in Graphic Design, he has worked inside studios in the United Kingdom and Brazil before doing exclusively personal artwork and exhibitions.

" João Ruas paints a haunting world inhabited by enigmatic figures and regal beasts awash in a maelstrom of mysterious energies. His explorations of the darker realms of the spirit evoke states of emotional turmoil, spiritual hunger and troubled passion. Weaving together history, mythology and cryptic symbolism in a misty dreamscape where twilight is ever at hand and the bounds of gravity seem optional, he describes an ethereal mythos that is somehow deeply personal and disquietingly universal at the same time. " 

Amanda Erlanson - February, 2012

 

Solo

Verso (2014)
Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles
USA

Yore (2011)
Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles
USA

III (2010)
Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles
USA

Inner Myth (2009)
Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles
USA

Group

The Gilded Age (2015)
Aaron Horkey, Esao Andrews and João Ruas             Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles
USA

Paintguide (2015)
UNIT LDN
London
UK

Originals (2015)
MONDO
Austin
USA

Project M/4 (2014)
Urban Nation
Berlin
Germany

Go with the Flow (2012)
Bonelli Arte
Lucca
Italy

SE Invitational (2014)
Spoke Art
San Francisco
USA

ROJO ROJO (2012)
Miscelania Gallery
Barcelona
Spain

LAX/HKG (2012)
Above Second
Hong Kong
China

Lined in Lead II (2013)
Gallery Nucleus
Los Angeles
USA

Wild at Heart (2012)
Thinkspace Gallery
Los Angeles
USA

Go West (2009)
LeBasse Gallery Pop-Up
New York
USA

Published

Wired

Playboy (USA)

The Sunday Times (UK)

The New Republic

VERTIGO / DC Comics

MONDO Posters

BOOKS

Yore
Exhibition Catalogue
52 Pages
2011

Minion I
Sketchbook Facsimile
44 Pages
2010