Ruth Gonzales
   Born in Hermosillo Sonora Mexico

   1980-1982  Academia de la 

   Universidad de Hermosillo Sonora          


   1984-1990  Missionary work western, Mexico

   1991-1993  College of the Desert, Palm Desert, Ca. Fine  

   Life drawing,sculpture 


    Resides in Cathedral City CA 

     at ART SPACE 349



     2018  D Gallery, El Paseo, Palm Desert CA

     2017  Studio Tom Hammond, Palm Desert CA

     2017  Jorge Mendez Gallery, Palm Springs CA   'PATHWAYS' 

     2017  Deanna Miller Gallery Palm Desert CA

     2016  Jorge Mendez Gallery, Group Exhibition Palm Springs CA

     2015  Jorge Mendez Gallery "GROUP OF 7: CONTEMPORARY 


     2014  Art Space 349 CONCERT AND EXHIBITION  'Love Poems'

               Pianist Vladimir Khomyakov, Artists, Sherri Bustad,  Irma Rivera,   Ruth Gonzales

     2012-2013  Art Space 349, Cathedral City, CA

     2012  Alicia Armstrong Gallery, Palm Desert CA

     2011  Painting and  Piano Recital with Stanislav Kristenko, Studio CA

     2011  Art Tribe, Los Angeles CA

     2011  Alicia  Armstrong Gallery, Palm Desert CA

     2010  Copal  Gallery, Palm Desert CA

     2011  Brueton L.A. West Hollywood CA

     2009  Bistango, Irvine CA

     2008  Studio Gallery, Irvine CA

     2009  Naomi silva Gallery, Atlanta GA

     2008  Marriott Desert Springs, "Desierto y Luz" Palm Desert, CA

     2007  Design Center Oliver Walker, Atlanta, GA

     2007  Brueton L.A. West Hollywood, CA

     2007  Alta States, Palm Springs, CA

     2007  Desert Spring Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

     2007  Modern Master Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

     2006  Naomi Silva Gallery, Atlanta, GA  " Group Show"  

     2006  Desert Springs, Marriott Exhibit, Palm Desert, CA

     2005  Gallery 310, Two Artist Croatia and Mexico,                                       

     2005  Collections of Mirak Pacific Desing Center, Los Angeles, CA 

     2004  Gallery Asto, Los Angeles, CA  "The poetics of Space"  

     2004  Art at El Paseo Square, Palm Desert, CA  

     "Sam Francis and Ruth Gonzales"   

     2004  Mikim Home Collections, Costa Mesa,  CA 

                    "Interpretations of Life" 

     2003  Sterling Estates, Rancho Mirage, CA

     2003  Naomi Silva Gallery, Atlanta,GA

     2003  Arte Gallery, Palm Desert,CA

     2003  Tre' Contemporary Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

     2003  Don O'melveny Galley, Los angeles, CA  "Flutters of Beings"  

     2003   Mikim Collections, Costa Mesa, CA

     2003  Gallery Adrienne Contemporary, La Jolla, CA

     2002  Collections of Sterling States, Rancho Mirage. CA 

     2001  Sunyata Gallery, San Pedro, CA

     2000   Don O'melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

     "L.A. Arrivals; an Island of Greece :

      Somehere in the Desert"  Sherri Bustad Ruth Gonzales

     1998   Learsi Gallery, Palm Desert Ca. "Luz y Sombras"  

     Bibliography and Film Production Contributions: 

     2011  Art Tribe,West Hollywood  Films "Think like a Man" 

     2007  For Touchstone, "Brothers and Sisters Series" 

     2005  Winter/SpringPalm Springs Life ART and  Culture 200505

     2005  Pride of Palm Desert/ Desert Magazine "Art Has Visual Payoff.

     2003  Documentary of  Ray Charles "Unchain My Heart" 

     2003  Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia  "Confidance" 

     2003  Angeleno Magazine, High Desert Style Palm Springs ,CA

     2003  Art in america, Ruth Gonzales Paintings:

                  Don O'melveny  Gallery,  

               Los Angeles, CA

     1999  March Artist Catalogue " Abstract Elegante" 

                 Don O'melveny Gallery,

               Los angeles, CA

     1999  Echoes of Music in Glowing Colors by Shirle Gottlieb.  


'Painting inspired by Music.'

Painting and sound as an active meditation in the pursuit of art itself crosses boundaries of cultures thus remaining integral to ones roots, nevertheless.
Origins are universal concepts. As in nature and in music an inner source of contemplation, solace and vital at its core. These are unlimited dimensions leading the action of painting an expression from reality to abstraction a journey of growth. RG

An Understanding of Form: Local Artist Ruth Gonzales Creates Abstract Born From Figure

An imposing, highly polished, ebony concert grand piano confronts all visitors to Ruth Gonzales’ workshop. Consuming a third of the available space, the piano would make more sense in a music conservatory than an abstract painter’s studio space.

However, a quick look at the remaining space shouts: An artist works here! Palette knives, brushes, mortars-and-pestles, paints and other tools of her craft populate the atelier. All of remaining spaces are lined with large, partly completed canvases. One yet-to-be stretched painting can be found flat on the floor, just a few steps from the front door.

Gonzales was born, raised and trained as a classical figurative artist in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, three hours south of the Arizona/Mexico. She study painting at the Academy of Bellas Artes, with Maestros de la Abstraction, Gustavo Ozuna, Mario Moreno Zasueta, a desert City of Light of great sunsets. The artist worked as a missionary in Southern Mexico and moving to this desert in 1990.

The artist’s classical training presents itself in her abstractions: forms are suggested, not obvious. Her deconstruction process produces a tremendous sense of depth.

“It is her understanding of form,” said Jorge Mendez, of Jorge Mendez Gallery, “that allows her to retain its essence while creating an abstract painting. Her finished pieces contain a unique tension.”

Gonzales told me she finds painting on a flat, two-dimensional surface not to be limiting, but to be “freeing.” Her freedom is likely furthered by the fact that the natural and reflected light in her studio produces an ethereal, almost otherworldly aura that is inviting yet mysterious.

When first moving to the desert, Gonzales took a series of classes, including art classes, at the College of the Desert. “The desert became my inspiration as a painter,” she said. “I find the sand, the blue-black, starry nights, the purplish-brown mountains and our blue skies totally engaging.”

Gonzales said she realized she needed to expand the type and range of materials she applies. The artist still uses traditional oil paints (from the tube). “However,” she said, “those materials limit me. I am increasingly drawn to raw pigments that I can mix with linseed oil or apply directly to the canvas.”

Gonzales’ use of these pigments expands her ability to enhance the textural elements of her finished works. At times, she will also prep her canvas with unexpected materials, like sand and marvel dust powder.

The artist credits the late Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo as a major influence. Both rely heavily upon raw pigments, and both artists employ a limited number of colors. There is a difference: Tamayo chose distinctly different and contrasting colors. Gonzales realizes a world built from multiple layers of melded colors, nuanced shading, refracted light and textures. Unlike other painters who apply multiple and thick layers of paint, Gonzales’ finished pieces are neither weighty nor imposing. Her paintings emanate a lightness that is inviting and engaging, giving others opportunities to create their own unique experience, conversation and narrative.

There is an organic quality to all of Gonzales’ paintings. It appears that she starts by applying layers of bright white gesso, marvel dust, silica sand and/or pigments, and the artist’s canvases offer an inherent luster and/or sheen. This is especially true with “Chakra Sun.”

To ground her composition, the artist painted the bottom section of “Chakra Sun” in lush greens. The sporadic addition of contrasting light blue brushstrokes added richness. Above the greens, Gonzales painted a square in varying shades of gold. Because she presents the perimeter in darker shades of the same color, the square seems to radiate its own light. To complete the canvas, the artist introduces angular brushstrokes in carnelian and off-white; she creates what appear to be luminescent stick figures marching across the canvas.

It is incorrect to assume “Liquid Mind,” a large, imposing, horizontal canvas, is a departure. The artist remains true to her aesthetic and process—but in reverse. In contrast to her usual approach of building up colors to create spaces where forms seem to float, the artist here seems to be carefully stripping away previously developed layers of ground pigments, color and paint. The planned combination of highly textured, visually tactile surfaces and a limited palette makes “Liquid Mind” into a highly introspective and inward-looking painting.

“White Mist and Blackbirds” best exemplifies her organic approach and classical training as a figurative painter. Here, the foreground seems like a filmy scrim or mist hovering over a lake. It is through that uneven whiteness that Gonzales presents outlines of forms in bluish-black pigments or paints. The forms seem sketched, and the unevenly painted light tan background amplifies the sense of forms floating in space.

For more information, visit Jorge Mendez Gallery, 756 N. Palm Canyon Drive, in Palm Springs, shows her work regularly. For more information on the gallery, call 760-656-7454, or visit

By Victor Barrocas CVI Independent Magazine

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