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Maja Ruznic

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20170216171009-moon_kisses
Moon Kisses, 2016 Oil On Canvas 24x17 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171007-getting_all_the_nots_out
Getting All the Nots Out, 2016 Oil On Canvas 67x63 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171017-squeezing_out_the_last_drop
Squeezing Out the Last Drop, 2016 Oil On Canvas 60x40 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171018-one_last_look
One Last Look, 2016 Oil On Canvas 20x16 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171024-the_wailing_sisters
The Wailing Sisters, 2016 Oil On Canvas 78x70 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171024-the_water_fetcher__my_mother_
The Water Fetcher, 2016 Oil On Canvas 15x13 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171029-twitching_eye__self_portait_
Self Portrait (Twitching Eye), 2016 Oil On Canvas 19x17 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171029-tickle_torture
Tickle Torture, 2016 Oil On Canvas 48x36 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171129-after_the_apology
After the Apology, 2016 Oil On Canvas 48x30 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171129-and_the_sun_burned_it_away
And the Sun Burned It Away, 2016 Oil On Canvas 26x24 Inches © Maja Ruznic
20170216171136-redemption_march
Redemption March, 2016 Oil On Canvas 60x48 Inches © Jack Fischer Gallery
20170216171138-second_thoughts_on_first_departures
Second Thoughts on First Departures, 2016 Oil On Canvas 67x54 Inches © Jack Fischer Gallery
20170216171138-shelter
Shelter, 2016 Oil On Canvas 24x24 Inches © Jack Fischer Gallery
20170216171142-the_stone_cold_assasin_and_his_stone_cold_capture
The Stone Cold Assassin and His Stone Cold Capture, 2016 Oil On Canvas 32x26 Inches © Jack Fischer Gallery
20170216171210-01_ancestral_nibbles
Ancestral Nibbles, 2016 Oil On Canvas 72x60 Inches © Jack Fischer Gallery
20170216171306-the_poet__the_search_and_the_mother
The Poet, the Mother and the Search, 2017 Oil On Canvas 96x72 Inches © ACME Gallery
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Bosnia
Birth year
1983
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
University of California Berkeley, 2006, BA Art Practice
California College of the Arts, 2009, MFA
Representing galleries
Galerie d'Ys, Jack Fischer Gallery
Tags
mixed-media, installation, landscape, performance, modern, graffiti/street-art, figurative, conceptual, sculpture
Current Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2017
Soil As Witness

BIO

Maja Ruznic, a prolific and active artist, is primarily a painter, a storyteller who conjures form and narrative from ground up mineral, smeared oil, and stained canvas. Born in Bosnia and Hercegovina in 1983, Ruznic immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995, settling on the West Coast where she eventually went on to study at the University of California, Berkley, later receiving an MFA from the California College of Arts. Ruznic’s often-quoted biography – a refugee who escaped the Bosnian War – is only the beginning of her journey. Ruznic’s vivid paintings speak for themselves, depicting figures that seem to emerge from the caverns of human history, from within their own supports, and somehow from within the viewer’s own recollections. These paintings breach something intrinsically human and Ruznic guides us deftly with dark humor and complex representations, not dissimilar to Werner Herzog’s wry, but poignant 3-D documentary depicting the oldest painted images in the world. The power of Ruznic’s vision can be evidenced in her myriad accomplishments: she has recently shown her work at Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in Denver, Galeri G-Art in Istanbul, MASS Gallery in Austin, Galerie Ernst Hilger in Vienna, Arc Gallery in San Francisco, and locally at Charlie James Gallery, the Torrance Art Museum, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, and most recently as part of MAIDEN LA. Ruznic’s work has been written about extensively, most notably in JuxtapozSan Francisco Bay GuardianStudio Visit Magazine, and twice in New American Paintings, including the cover as selected by curator Anne Ellegood.

STATEMENT

In this new body of work, I return to large-scale oil painting after five years of working solely with water-based media. I conceive of the landscape as a body, just as I do the figures that it spontaneously generates.  Relying on color, rather than line I create a community of psychopomps- intermediary figures who transport dying souls from this world to the next.  Soothers of discomfort, these exhausted bodies represent intergenerational trauma and how it is manifested in the flesh.   I rub the paint into the surface of the canvas to create stains that compel new figuration or signal forgotten histories and the implied absence of who or what might have been.  The paint bleeds and washes over these bodily forms and personalities who are without clear boundary; they are made up of all that surrounds, skin porous and memory infinite.  A fear of contagion floats somewhere between the figures, perhaps subtly beneath fields of color, and is responsible somehow for their terrible mistakes and bad behavior.  I use color to speak about this fear and allow gesture to be the narrative.  

CV

born in Bosnia & Hercegovina, 1983

EDUCATION

BFA Univeristy of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2005

MFA California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2009

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

TBA, duplex100m2, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina

TBA, Galerie d’Ys, Brussels, Belgium

2016

The Wailing Sisters, CES Gallery, Los Angeles

Soil As Witness, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco

2015

Yellow Throat Ribs, Galerie d’YS, Brussels, Belgium

Untitled, Candyland Gallery, Sweden

2014

Like Little Miracles, They Shimmered, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2012

Messengers, Trailer Park Proyects, Puerto Rico

TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2015

The Boogeyman Is Here, Maja Ruznic and Luz Maria Sanchez, She Works Flexible, Houston, TX

Lonely Hunters, Maja Ruznic and Ranee Henderson, Eastside International, Los Angeles

2014

Refuge, Maja Ruznic and Nina Kluth, Born Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Among The Missing, Maja Ruznic and Joshua Hagler, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco

Tender Remains, Maja Ruznic and Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Bustamante Gallery, Los Angeles

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Tickle Torture, BEERS London, London, UK

2016

By the River, ACME, Los Angeles, CA

Phantom Limb, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles

Werewolf, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles

Between Worlds, Arc Gallery, San Francisco

2015

YIA Art Fair, Galerie d’Ys, Paris

Sincerely Yours, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Painting Is Dead?!, Figure One, Champaign, IL

Angeles With Dirty Faces, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna Austria

2014

“I” in their Own Words, Galeri G-Art, Istanbul, Turkey

Boundary Battle, organized by RedLine and on view at Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Exquisite Corpse, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX

2013

3-person show with Martin Assig and Eleanor Moreton, Galerie Vidal St.Phalle, Paris, France

Four Squared Alumni Show, Arc Gallery, San Francisco

What The Mouth Sees, Alter Space, San Francisco

2012

What’s Left Behind, Alter Space, San Francisco

Active, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco

2011

Figure 8, HANG Art Gallery, San Francisco

Cries of San Francisco, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco

Perfect Place/No Place: Re-Imagining Utopia, MicroClimate Collective, San Francisco

2010

Dollhouse (Juried exhibition by Jack Fisher) Arc Gallery, San Francisco

Til Death Do Us Part, Heist Gallery, San Francisco

Borders, Rootdivision, San Francisco, CA

The American Orifice, arttransponder, Berlin, Germany

Works That Disturb The Moonlight, Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2009

Summer Group Exhibition, Rod Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR

MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS

-PAMM pick awarded by Perez Art Museum curator Maria Elena Ortiz during the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in Miam

-2014 Dave Bown Projects - 9th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Steven Matijcio, Dominic Molon, Marina Pacini) Award of Excellence (Unrestricted monetary award)

-Featured Artist in JUXTAPOZ magazine, Septemeber 2014 issue

-Featured in New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Section No.109

-Featured in Studio Visit Magazine in 2013, volume 22, page 139

-Appeared on the cover of New American Paitings, Pacific Coast Setion No.97

-Voted as a “Noteworthy Artist” in 2011 by Anne Ellegood, senior curator of HAMMER Museum (Los Angeles)