Daniel Ruanova

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Untitled, 2008 Sculpture, Mixed Media
Defense, 2008 Oil On Canvas 8' X 10' © Daniel Ruanova/
Civic Project installation w/ Defense painting, 2008-2009 Painting And Sculptures Dim. Variable © Daniel Ruanova /
DEFEND, 2009 Galvanized Steel, Screws 10 X 25 X 12.5 Feet Overall © Daniel Ruanova /
SECURITY, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 72 X 132 In
Espina Mutante/ Mutant throrn , 2008 Melted Plastic Toys 11.75 X 11.75 X 31 14
Anuncio punto (Announcement Point ), 2006 Graphite, Ink And Acrylic On Paper 26.25" X 32.75" ; 28" X 20 ½" © Couturier Gallery
TERROR IST, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 52” X 61” © couturier gallery
Quick Facts
Mexicali, México
Birth year
Lives in
Tijuana, México
Works in
Tijuana, México
Representing galleries
Kunstraum H&H, Arcaute Arte Contemporaneo
mixed-media, installation, sculpture

Daniel Ruanova works with a variety of materials, often transforming canvases and found objects into unexpected forms. Despite his interest in drawing from popular culture, Ruanova is keenly aware of the formal concerns in painting and sculpture, and works to push the traditional boundaries of these media through his unconventional use of materials. Sometimes his sculptures take form of abstracted guns, at other times Ruanova builds his three dimensional works out of an assemblage of colorful plastic guns, tanks, and toy soldiers. He uses the fictitious worlds of children´s toys, videogames, and comic books to create an ironic take on the current realities of war and violence. Whether paying a tongue-in-cheek homage to the power and might of fictional American superheroes, or producing intensely layered paintings whose abstract compositions are built from hyper-graphic images of targets, explosions, gunshot holes, and camouflage, Ruanova presents a political commentary that is informed by the direct relationship of living at the border with the Unites States, but is global rather than local in its scope.
(text from Catalogue: Strange New World / Art and Deign from Tijuana, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego)

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