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Studio: Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Biography Highlights

Born and raised in Mexico City in a Cuban/Mexican family, she came to the United States to study Art & Design at the Art Center of College of Design (LA) and Parsons (NY). Then spent 25 years as a designer/creative director developing images for major brands. This experience has added methodology and diversity of thought to her mixed media work today. Her work is conceptual and has been shown at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (CT), Fenn Gallery (CT), City Lights Gallery, Silvermine Guild Arts Center(CT), Westport Arts Center (CT), Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CT), Carl Van Brunt Gallery (NY) Simone Gallery (NY), Citibank (NY), Oncé Gallery (MEX), among others. It is owned by private collectors in NY, CT, FL and Mexico. She has been published in the New York Times, the Stamford Advocate and many regional Publications. She was a speaker in a panel at Southern Connecticut State University during the national conference on Women, War & Peace. She has acted as curator and juror for several exhibitions in the US and Mexico.

Selected Solo Exhibits

Solo Exhibition "Roses of the Desert" December 2010, Galeria de Todos Santos, Todos Santos, B.C.S. Mexico
Solo Exhibition "The Feminine" March 2009, Galeria On-cé, Todos Santos, B.C.S. Mexico
Solo Exhibition "The Feminine" May2009, Haviland Gallery, Norwalk, CT
Solo Exhibition "The Greeters" November 2009, Casa Montemar, Todos Santos, B.C.S. Mexico
Solo Exhibition "Gateways & Pathways" September 2007, Silvermine Guild of Art, New Canaan CT
Solo Exhibition "Shelter/The Verb", 22 Haviland Street Gallery, Norwalk, CT, March 2007
Solo Exhibition "Private World", April 2006, Carl Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY
Solo Exhibition "Short Stories", October 2005, Haviland Gallery, Norwalk, CT
Two Person Show "Layers" August 2005, Fenn Gallery, Woodbury, CT
"Leaving Our Mark" Solo Exhibition/Artist Gallery Talk, January 2005 Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
Juror: Robbin Zella, Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT

Selected Group Exhibits

Visions at CaFelix January 2009, Todos Santos, B.C.S. Mexico
"Merging Cultures" 2008 Mattatuck Museum of Arts and History, Waterbury, CT
Global, November 2006, Westport Arts Center, Westport CT, Curator Richard Klein
Identity, October 2006, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT, Curator Ben Ortiz
Contemporary Women Artist Exhibition XIII, March 2005
Mad Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO Juror: Judy Chicago
New Members Show, January 2005 Silvermine Guild of Art, New Canaan, CT
The Heart, January 2005 (WCA Exhibition), City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
Women Power and Politics, October 2004 (WCA Show)
Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, SCSU, New Haven, CT
Spectra Nat. Photography Triennial November 2004 Silvermine Guild of Art, New Canaan, CT Curator: Barbara Hitchcock
Celebrating Hispanic History Month Spirituality in Latin America, September 2004 The Small Space Gallery, Arts Council NH
Curators: Debbie Hesse, Manny Rivera.
Mexico Today and YesterdaySeptember 2004, Bendheim Gallery at the Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich, CT
Curators: Benjamin Ortiz, Reyna Henaine and Nan Lvoff
Featured Artist of the Month, August- September 2004 RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, NY Curator: Elisa Pritsker
Earth, Air, Water & Fire, July-August, 2004 The Great Hall Gallery, Westport, CT
Known & Unknown, June, 2004 Betty Barker Gallery, Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT Curator: Cecelia Barnett Artist Gallery Talk
June, 2004 (WCA exhibit) ArtSpace, New Haven, CT
WomenHistory Month March 2004 Benefit for Equality Now, Locus Media Gallery, New York, NY Curator: Marcia G. Yerman
Winners Circle, March 2004 Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT, Curator: Debra Browne
24th Annual Photography Exhibition, February 2, 2004, The New Canaan Society for the Arts (Betty Barker Gallery) CT
Coming Together: Women Telling their Stories, January. 2004 Innovation Center, Bridgeport, CT, Curator:Robin Gilmore Jopp
Women, War & Peace, Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, Southern CT University, Panel speaker and art exhibitor, Oct. 2003
Ridgefield Guild juried Show, Oct. 2003 Ridgefield, CT Award of excellence Juror: Lisa Streitfeld
Women's Work Exhibit , August 2003 The Ridgefield Guild of Artists, CT Artist Gallery Talk 8/31, Curator: Debra Browne
The Big Show, June 2003 Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, Juror: Adam Weinberg (formerly a curator at the Whitney, NYC)
"Objects & Images", May 2003 White Silo Farm, Sherman, CT (WCA Exhibit)
"Found Object Art", April 2003 Guilford HandCraft Center, Guilford, CT, Curator: Arthur Burke and Arthur Guagliumi
"The Common Thread", January 2003 Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, Curator: Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta
"Viewpoints", November 2002 Award Northern Westchester Center of the Arts,NY Curator: Susan Cross (Curator/The Guggenheim Museum)
"Hispanic Heritage Month", November 2002 Citibank/Greenburgh Branch, White Pl. NY, Curator: Simone Dewey
"Celebrating Latin Culture & Diversity", October 2002 Simone's Gallery, Pelham, NY, Curator: Simone Dewey
"Prints from Within II", February 2002 Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT, Curator: Benjamin Ortiz
Snapshot, January 2002 The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Associate curator: Jessica Hough
Spectra 01 Nat. Photography Biennial/Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT Curator: Marianne Brunson Frisch.


Honorable Mention "Viewpoints", November 2002 Northern Westchester Center of the Arts, Mt. Kisko, NY Curator: Susan Cross (Associate Curator/The Guggenheim Museum)
Award of Excellence, Ridgefield Guild of Art Juried Show by Lisa P. Streitfeld,
Ridgefield, CT. October 2003
Visual Artist Grant from the Commission of Culture and Tourism 2005
Artist Fellowship Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM 2008

Lectures & Panel Opportunities

Artist Talk "The Feminine" Haviland Gallery, Norwalk, CT 2009
Artist Talk "The Feminine" Visions Gallery, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico 2009
Artist Talk, Sshelter/The Verb", Haviland Gallery, Norwalk, CT 2007
Artist Talk "Gateways and Pathways Exhibit" Silvermine Guild of Art 2007
Artist Talk "Private World" Car Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon , NY 2006
Artist Talk: Women Past and Present, Mattatuck Museum. Waterbury CT. 2006
Artist Talk: PUSH (Peers Using Skills for Healing) 22 Haviland St. Gallery 2005
Steering committee member for Art-Focus Symposium at SGA.September 2005.
Co-event Chairman: Women Make Art Film Preview/15th WCA-CT Anniversary, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, June 2005
Artist Gallery Talk, Leaving Our Mark, January 2005 Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
Artist Gallery Talk New Members Show, January 2005 Silvermine Guild of Art,
Artist Gallery Talk Known & Unknown June, 2004 Betty Barker Gallery, Waveny Park, New Canaan
Artist Talk. Coming Together: Women Telling their Stories January. 2004 Innovation Center, Bridgeport, CT Curator Robin Jopp Gilmore
Panel speaker and art exhibitor Women, War & Peace, Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, Southern Connecticut State University. Oct. 2003
Artist Gallery Talk. Women's Work Exhibit (WCA-CT Exhibit), August 2003, The Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT Curator Debra Browne.

Key Accomplishments

Started with the help of 6 friends a group now called ARTS (Artists of Todos Santos), an informal group of artists and art lovers dedicated to the development and support of a vibrant and inclusive arts community and to inspiring and growing visual arts talent in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico (2009)

President of the Women Caucus for Art CT (2004-2006)
Before I became President I spent two years doing as the Public Relations Coordinator for the organization. Through leadership and motivation I have been able to increase our membership by 30 %. This year I started a Coaching Program for the professional development of our members. In the last year I was instrumental in getting a grant from The Commission of Culture and Tourism for the creation of a short film with the goal of creating awareness to the contributions of women in the visual arts. Collaborated many hours with film maker Lisa Seidenberg in the creation of the film, which is now finished. It has gotten a lot of attention from Art Centers and educational institutions, which will allow us to further our goal.

I have found venues, raised the level of opportunities for our organization to exhibit, give lectures and participate in community related events.

With a great belief in documentation I have written several articles for our quarterly newsletter.

Silvermine Guild of Artists: Guild Member, Volunteer, Gallery Committee and Teacher in their out reach programs particularly in schools of diverse backgrounds where some classes are held in Spanish.

Westport Arts Center: Member. Have volunteered as a juror for art competitions.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists: Member. Have given artists talks and volunteered in the gallery. Worked on joint programs with the WCA-CT.


The New York Times, 10/29/01 "Photos and More, at a Biennial Event" by William Zimmer. Some of the work that uses photography as one of several elements is Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz "Let Me Out". It uses an unidentified black-and-white portrait visible through the glass of a display case with a prominent lock..
The Ridgefield Press, 1/17/02 "Aldrich Shows open on Sunday, Snapshot".
The Ridgefield Press, New Canaan Advertiser, The Darien Times, The Wilton Bulletin, the Redding Pilot, The Weston Forum (CT), 2/06/03 "Something New".
Good Living Minuteman Newspapers, 2/06/03 Must see exhibit at Westport Arts Center: "The Common Thread: Discovering Fiber Art in Contemporary Art".
Housatonic Living, 2/21/03 "Glorious Gloria, Transformation of two Glorias"
By Jamie Ferris "I want to express what I see in an evocative way; to tell the story of the events, but to let the viewer read it and let it tell the their own story, let it speak to them".
Ridgefield Press 6/26/03 Arts & Leisure, "And now a really Big Show"
Ridgefield Press, Danbury Press 8/28/03 "Women's Work" Stamford Advocate 9/07/03, "Preparing fertile ground in Ridgefield".“Her art expresses a personal vision of the metamorphosis of "Women's Work" from outer-directed to motivated from within, which makes her vision the most compelling in the exhibition, By L.P. Streitfeld
The News Times, Danbury, CT, 10/12/03 by Eileen Fitzgerald Women War and Peace.
The sign, Art Saves Lives, sits under a brick fireplace in the Ridgefield studio of mixed media artist Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz. It's a glimpse of the philosophy of the artist who will take part in an exhibit and discussion on the Impact of Art in Times of War at Southern Connecticut State University. The role of the artist, is to convey the pain people are feeling, to use ourselves as translators Ruenitz said.. I tend to work with conceptual pieces, then I decide how to embody these. I walk to a junkyard, take a photograph of someone, she said. The medium is another tool to convey the ideal.
Stamford Advocate 1/16/05, "Silvermine welcomes new blood". , By L.P. Streitfeld "Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz, a new female voice that has risen in the region, displays two works that nicely sum up her talent in using unexpected materials from everyday life to elicit erotic connections from her personal autobiography.
Arts Fairfield County Weekly by Brita Brundage. Westport Art Center. Solo Exhibitions 1/20/05 Sometimes an artist is more committed to concept than form, and this is certainly true for Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz and her installation Leaving Our Mark which consists of black and white photos of footprints in sand and a box of sand which sits on the ground for visitors to leave their own marks. What strikes a viewer here is how small certain feet are, and how fossil-like the imprints, yet how impermanent¦. It'ss the sort of art that leaves a lot of questions hovering behind it.
Hersam-Acorn Newspapers, 2/10/05 Feature Article by Susan Shultz. Footsteps in the Sand¦ led to a new life for Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz. “Her words are artwork, put together to reveal human understandings that can only take form after years of deep introspection.” “Within frames and shadow boxes, inside sculptures, are the pieces of what make this artist unique., 4/03/06 Feature article by Susan Tuz. Artist Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz explores the world of introspection in her work. Whether it is her Latin American roots or her North American present, she combines found objects, language and images to share her deepest thoughts with her viewers.


Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, D.F. Graphic Design 1970
Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA. BA/Graphic Design 1974 Parsons School of Design, NY, NY. Textiles, Papermaking and Collage 1985-1990 Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT. Ceramics/Encaustic. 2000 International Center of Photography, NY, NY. Photography and digital Archival Printing. 2001 Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT Silk screening, paper making, 2000

Partial list of Collectors

Mary Ann Donohue, Ridgefield, CT
Harvey and Claudia Fabricant, New York, NY
Mary Collette, Westport, CT
Laura Coronado, Westport, CT
Sheila Ross, Norwalk, CT
Susan Shultz, Wilton, CT
Claire Donohue, Wilton, CT
Jeri Hamilton, New York, NY
Carmen Weder, Wilton, CT
Luz Maria Garcia, Mexico City, MX
Dulce Richardson, Mexico City, MX
Yolanda Miranda, Mexico City, MX
Ken Kane and Wanda Geismar, Trumbull, CT
Jeannie Thomma, Oxford, CT
Jennifer Mazzucco, Danbury, CT
Ted Wirth, Milford, CT
Julie Henderson, Ridgefield, CT
Pam & Prescott Kelly, Westport, CT
Joseph Catamese
Karin Bartimole, Westport, CT
Jack and Linda Hamilton, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
Barbara Fleming, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
Candace Schaffer and Rob Mills, Norwalk, CT
Carol and Norman Weill, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
Mike and Gail McAllister, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
Lisa Harper, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico