RON & SHEILA RUIZ
Both natives of Southern California, Ron and Sheila married in 1984. While each was involved in other careers at the time, they found they shared another love, the world of fine art. Their artistic backgrounds paralleled as they were both raised in families that provided a strong influence in art from a very young age.
Ron's early artistic life was guided by his mother, who was an artist for Warner Brothers and Hanna Barbera Studios. Ron obtained a BA degree from the California University system, and worked professionally in engineering design and drawing, graphics and manufacturing, thus perfecting a critical eye and practical application of spatial relationships, form and perspective.
Sheila's love for art was also fired by her mother, a very prolific and talented painter. Her interest in art began at the age of eight while attending art classes with her mother. She continued her art education into her teens and early twenties, learning from many well-known California artists and attending private art schools as well as University classes. Sheila transformed that education into a career in marketing and advertising, where she expanded her skills in design, composition, layout and photography.
Early in their marriage, Ron and Sheila rekindled their artistic interests. Their first works were oil on canvas. At one point, Ron had put aside an unfinished picture. Sheila noticed it had been "abandoned" and, liking its initial start, decided to complete it herself, with Ron's blessing. That picture now hangs in their home as a reminder of their first "collaborative effort."
Ron was first to explore the three-dimensional art form. He loved the tactile feeling and "hands-on" experience of working with clay. With extended study in sculpture and anatomy through private and university classes, Ron translated his experience and talents into bronze sculpture. He encouraged Sheila to join him in this exciting art medium - which she did - and it was not long before they were working as a team.
Ron and Sheila's thoughts and choice of style in bronze sculpture were alike...initially choosing the human form, highlighting grace, movement and energy. The Ruiz's desire to create unique sculpture also includes the use of colorful, luminescent patina to enhance and individualize each piece. Their work has remained a collaborative effort. They not only share their ideas about the next sculpture they will create, they actually work on each others image...making their sculptures a true joint project. The most recent addition to their collection is a body of work entitled "Natures Inspirations", featuring butterflies and tortoise. Following Ron and Sheila's love of creating exciting, energetic, colorful and elegant sculpture, the Ruiz's have also added a touch of whimsy to this new group.
The Ruiz's have won numerous awards in juried shows and have been featured in news articles and art publications. Their sculpture is included in the private collections of corporations and motion picture and sports celebrities, and they are represented by major art galleries throughout the United States. Together they have lectured and consulted with galleries and art groups around the country on bronze sculpting and foundry practices.
Together Ron an Sheila's creative synergism has produced art works that have had a major impact in the art marketplace. They have created sculptured art that is both classical and dynamic...art to be enjoyed by every generation - for generations.