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Ruben Ochoa

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Oceanside, CA

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles, CA

Works in
Los Angeles, CA

UC Irvine, 2003, MFA
Otis College of Art and Design, 1997, BFA
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn


Ruben Ochoa's works can be viewed at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, SWAP: LACMA On-Site in collaboration with Mark Bradford at Charles White Elementary School, and Phantom Sightings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has had solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, LAX><ART in Los Angeles, and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY.  Select group exhibitions include the 2004 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland.

In March 2008, Ochoa was selected as a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Additional previous awards include a Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Grant for his Fwy Wall Extraction project in 2006, a Rockefeller Foundation: Renew Media Fellowship, and a California Community Foundation fellowship.  His works are in several public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art in NY.  

Ochoa is currently preparing for an upcoming group show in Tel Aviv, curated by Alma Ruiz.


2003        MFA, University of California, Irvine

1997        BFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

1996        Parsons School of Art and Design, New York


2009   SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (in progress)

2008   "Fall of the Wall [paper]", Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Berlin

2007   "A Recurring Amalgamation", Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles

             "Clastic Rupture", Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

2006    "Extracted", LA>

              "Freeway wall next to a...", Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles

2005     "Borrowed Ladders", ESL Ι Esthetics as a Second Language, Los Angeles

2004     "Greyscale", Voz Alta Projects, San Diego


2007-08  "Swap" LACMA On-Site, collaboration with Mark Bradford, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2006   "Storage", collaboration with Marco Rios, 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles

             "Embryonic Loop", collaboration with Marco Rios, LA>

2005    "Caltransposed" with Peter Tavera, Gallery 727, Los Angeles

2004    "Rigor Motors", collaboration with Marco Rios, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA

              "Projects by Ruben Ochoa and Michael Queenland", The Project, Los Angeles (curated by Lauri Firstenberg)


2008   WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

             "Phantom Sightings", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (curated by Rita Gonzalez)

             "Arte Contemporeano, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

2007-08 "Multifaceted Lens", Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN

2007   "Performance Z-A", 25th Anniversary for the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York

             "Viva Mexico!" Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland, curated by Magda Kardasz,  traveling to BWA Warsaw - Contemporary Art Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.

             "Latitude", Artcore, Los Angeles (organized by Pilar Tompkins)

             "Range", d.e.n Gallery, Los Angeles (curated by Kristi Lippire)

2006   "Mexicali Biennial", La Casa de la Tia Tina, Mexicali, Mexico

             "The Newsstand Project", newsstands throughout Los Angeles (organized by Dan Bayles)

             "Agent Once", Acuna-Hansen, Los Angeles (organized by Jason Keller)

             "25 Bold Moves: Emerging Artists Exhibit", House of Campari, Los Angeles

             "An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life", REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles

             "Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art", Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles

2005    "Happenstance", Harris-Lieberman Gallery, New York (curated by Lauri Firstenberg)

              "Drive by and relax", UPSPACE, Los Angeles (curated by Chris Sicat)

              "Borderless Dreams", Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA

              "Drive Time", Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

              "Empire.Style", ART2102, Boyle Heights, CA (curated by Peter Zellner)

              "passerby", Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA (curated by Cassandra Cobelentz)

2004     "FREEWAVES_Inter-State: Video on the Go", REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles

               "2004 California Biennial", Artist-in-Residence, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

               "Land of the Free: Americana", City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA (curated by Tyler Stallings)

2003     "¡Picarte! Photography Beyond Representation", Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

               "Recess", Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles (curated by Brienne Arrington and Dan Bayles)

               "Happy Beautiful Desirable", Track 16, Santa Monica, CA

2002      "Better Look Twice", Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA

               "Whacked", Los Angeles (curated by John Souza)



  • "Fwy Wall Extraction", 10 fwy eastbound below Soto St and Marengo Blvd intersection, Los Angeles (produced by Creative Capital Foundation and LA>


  • "Disrup", LA>
  • "ain't that revolutionary", LA>


  • "CLASS: C", mobile artist space featuring over 75 artists, curators, and collaborators throughout Southern California



  • Gonzalez, Rita, Howard N. Fox, and Chan A. Noriega, "Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement" LACMA Publications, March
  • Schjeldahl, Peter, "Lessness: The Whitney Biennial", New Yorker, March 17
  • Lacayo, Richard, "The Simple Life",­ Time, March 13
  • Cohn, Marilyn, "The Big Apple: Whitney Biennial", For Your Art, March 13
  • Schuker, Lauren A.E., "The Fine Art of Less", The Wall Street Journal, March 7
  • Dalton, Trinie, "2008 Biennial Exhibition Catalogue", The Whitney Museum of American Art, March
  • Dockary, Sean and Hugo Hopping. "Social Studies: An Art and Social Engagement", X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring
  • MJ, " Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Transparenz durch Trugbilder",, January 16


  • "Viva Mexico," Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa 2007
  • Vogel, Carol, "Whitney Biennial Stretches to Armory", New York Times, November 16
  • "Artists Announced for 2008 Whitney Biennial",, November 16
  • Campagnola, Sonia, "Live from Los Angeles", Flash Art, November/December
  • Gray, Emma, "L.A. Confidential", artnet, October 12
  • "Continuing and Recommended: Ruben Ochoa's ‘A Recurring Amalgamation' at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects", Art Scene, October
  • Mizota, Sharon, "Ruben Ochoa: ‘A Recurring Amalgamation' at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects",, September 22
  • Gray, Emma, "Emma Gray's Top 10 Shows in Los Angeles this Month", Daily Magazine, Saatchi Online, September
  • Khuri, Elizabeth, "Public Art Angel: Lauri Firstenberg gets art out of museums and into the streets", West: LA Times Magazine, September 16
  • Myers, Holly, "When nature and urban life conflict", Los Angeles Times, September 14
  • Becker, Jack; Slade, George, "Multifaceted Lens: Photography and Public Art", Public Art Review, Spring/Summer
  • Freeman, Tommy, "The Trans-Aestheticization of Daily Life at the Sweeney Art Gallery", Artweek, May
  • Allsop, Laura; Alizarin Harvey, Polly; Lawley, Alanna, "Consumed", ArtReview, June, p. 42
  • Szupinska, Joanna, "Ruben Ochoa", Artillery, Volume 1, No. 4, March


  • Westerbeck, Colin, "Photo Synthesis: Fwy Wall Extraction", West Magazine, Los Angeles Times, December 24
  • Kim, Clara, "Ruben Ochoa: ‘Extracted', Contemporary, Issue 88, p.73
  • West, Kevin, "The Van Man", WWD Scoop Magazine, September, p. 60
  • Myers, Holly, "Freeways connect and divide", Los Angeles Times, September 15, p. E22
  • Gray, Emma, "L.A. Confidential", Artnet, October 13
  • Satorius, Katherine, "Ruben Ochoa at LA>
  • Campagnola, Sonia, "Focus Los Angeles: A Survey of Contemporary Los Angeles Art", Flash Art,    January/February, page 73
  • Finkel, Jori, "Recipe for Revolution: Take 11,000 Photos", New York Times, January 29, section 2-32
  • Isenberg, Barbara, "Otis College of Art and Design: The First 88 Years", Otis: Nine Decades of Art (catalogue), p. 14
  • Pollack, Barbara, "Happenstance", Time Out New York, Issue 536, January


  • Gonzalez, Rita, "Strangeways Here We Come", Recent Pasts: Art in Southern California from the 90s to Now, published by JRP Ringier
  • Cotter, Holland, "Happenstance", New York Times, December 30, p. B37
  • Willis, Holly, "State of the Art: A Field Guide from Acken to Zittel", LA Weekly, October 28, p. 52
  • Tumlir, Jan, "California Biennial", Artforum, February, p. 168


  • Pincus, Robert L., "Turning in to the O.C.: ‘Biennial' belly laughs", The San Diego Union-Tribune,  November 7
  • Knight, Christopher, "Biennial arrives, and so does a museum", Los Angeles Times, October 13, p. E1, E7
  • Armstrong, Elizabeth and Hofmann, Irene, "The Big Sweep: Paradox in Paradise", California Biennial (catalogue), Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, p. 12-21, 92-95
  • Cavallo Collins, Gina, "Through the Lens Violently", Phoenix New Times, January 15 



2008        John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

2006        Rockefeller Fellowship: New Media

2005        International Studio and Curatorial Program Residency (ISCP-NYC), Aug-Nov 07

                 Creative Capital Foundation: Visual Arts Grant

2004        Nimoy Foundation, California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art: Artist-in-Residence

                 California Community Foundation: Emerging Artist Fellowship

                 The Durfee Foundation: Artists' Resource for Completion Grant

2002        University of California Institutional Research Award (UCIRA)


Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Musuem of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Recent Exhibits

Ruben Ochoa participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2016 Tripping the Light Fantastick
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Feb, 2015 Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now
Hammer Museum
Jun, 2014 Cloudless Day
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Nov, 2013 Dislocated Masses
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
Oct, 2013 Reverberation
Huntington Beach Art Center
Nov, 2012 Lost Line: Selections from the Permanent Collection
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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