"I dedicate all my efforts and emotion into creating pieces that will resonate in your hearts and minds."
The artistry of Salomon Ruiz has been featured in the East Valley Tribune.
"I was born in 1946 in Ancash, Peru. I am a self-taught artist, dedicating myself to ceramics and craftmaking since my youth. I specialize in masks influenced by the Vicus, Moche, and Nazca cultures. I focus largely on the mix of form and color; despite a lack of formal training I have created a unique, personal style. I try to always remember my roots, while also learning from my readings and travels. Everyday I hope to improve myself, and achieve a style that is both gratifying for me and for those who are interested in my work. Now that I know my art will reach many people, I dedicate all my efforts and emotion into creating pieces that will resonate in your hearts and minds. Thank you."
Ruiz uses a unique process in which he first shapes the piece by hand from clay. After firing it at a temperature of 1832°F, he applies bright enamels and gilt. The finished piece is then bathed in a coat of clear enamel, which protects and enhances the vivid and expressive use of color.
Bright primary colors light up these ceramic masks by Salomon Ruiz. The masks were shaped from ceramic and fired at a high temperature. Ruiz uses his masks to represent iconographies of ancient Peruvian cultures like the Chavin, Nazca, and Moche. The....read more
Pausing in reflection before heading into battle, the "Meditating Warrior" displays a lavish mixture of color and design. Closing his eyes in solemn contemplation, he savors a stolen moment of peace in the midst of war. A vibrant Moche piece for the....read more
Dominated by energetic primary colors, the fierce countenance of a Nazca man contorts into a frown. Elaborated in a strikingly original design and bearing the traditional Nazca moustache, this stern visage makes an inspired gift to the devoted collector.....read more
A cat headdress pays tribute to Chaak Balam, the "Grand Jaguar" of the ancient Maya pantheon and a symbol of power. By Oscar Rodolfo Mendoza, this dramatic mask depicts an ancient Maya of noble standing, perhaps a priest or king. Modern artisans utilize....read more
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