Max Ruf (born in Germany, 1982) lives and works in Lisbon.
By adopting the trope of the journeying plein-air artist, Max Ruf articulates his movements and displacement through different natural environments to merge together the pressures of site with the material plasticity of paint. In this way, his paintings, objects and video works question whether to be understood as the backlog of a performative and enduring event or as the expression of our desire to reify our visual and sensorial experience. His gestural approach to the canvas is resonant with his movements correspondence to a moving landscape that is both natural and artificial as well as physical and symbolic.
Max Ruf completed his MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London in 2013 and holds a diploma in Visual Communication from the University of Applied Sciences, Trier, Germany.
Recent exhibitions include: STADT, Galeria Múrias Centeno, Lisboa (2016), Description of a Castle, The Loon, Toronto (2016); Toujours, Parkhaus, Düsseldorf (2016, with Jan Kiefer) and a solo presentation at ABC Berlin with Múrias Centeno (2015). He was part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute Of Contemporary Art, London (2013). Also an Artist in Residence at Lucile Avenue, Los Angeles and at The Loon Toronto earlier 2016.
Represented by Union Pacific. London.
Simon Buckley and Othmar Farré Present FOUNDATION PAINTING SHOW
Jedrzej Cichosz, Olga Cerkasova, Adrian Falkner, Michael Fullerton, Paula Henrike Herrmann, Jan Kiefer, Andrew Kerr, Mathis Gasser, Raphael Linsi, Sophie Mackfall, France-Lise McGurn, Victoria Morton, Alys Owen, Max Ruf, Justin Stephens, Mandy Ure, Anna Diehl
Instead of being hung on a gallery wall, the paintings in this accessible and playful exhibition are placed on sofas in the window of the British Heart Foundation shop on Stockwell Street. Each day, Simon Buckley and Othmar Farré will arrange a new configuration of three or four pieces by a host of international artists.
Placed on the sofas, the paintings project a hard-won casualness, a contorted scene set and there they sit, hiding in plain sight, quietly championing the relevance of a little bit of irreverence.
Supported by Glasgow International. With thanks to The British Heart Foundation.
Thu 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm