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Leon F Ruiz, Emerald Art Gallery

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Born in Mexico City as the youngest of six, Leon Ruiz comes from a long line of artists who have influenced his passion for painting. His grandfather focused on religious themes, whose murals can be found exclusively on the ceilings in large, Mexican cathedrals. His uncle, Leon Martinez Torres, collected antiques and historical art pieces, selling these artifacts to the public. Revisiting his deeply seeded artist roots, Leon has spent countless summers rummaging through his storage house, which was filled with European historical art that contains sculptures, drawings, paintings, and furniture from Spanish soldiers that conquered the vast Mexican Territory. But it was his cousin, Arturo Ruiz Moncada, who had the greatest influence on Leon’s artform, restoring paintings and creating murals in the Sistine Chapel. To combine his love for creative expression with his family’s desire for a stable career, Leon found a compromise through civil engineering and architecture. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from La Escuela Superior de Ingeniería y Arquitectura in Mexico City (English translation: The Higher School of Engineering and Architecture). To continue his education and pursue his passion for art, Leon studied fine arts with an emphasis in fine art painting through the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes la Esmeralda (English Translation: National Institute of Fine Arts) for three years before moving to the United States. After 30+ years of working as an artist, Leon earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Leon sees his work as a product of his life, journey, and experiences. He has been painting professionally for 30 years; his work has been exhibited in art shows and galleries throughout the U.S., and he has won multiple awards, including “Best in Show” at several art shows. Along the way, Leon has met talented artists who have inspired him in his work and inspired him to perfect his artform. Leon’s medium of choice has been wide and varied, over the years, including acrylics, watercolors, epoxy, and oils. After experimenting with countless mediums, he has found his niche in oil and acrylic. Through oil, Leon can experiment with textures, using flat expanses in some areas of the canvas, while creating heady texture in others. He loves to create a nuanced interpretation to his vision by leveraging contrasting textures and colors. Acrylics provide Leon a fast-dry, flexible medium with which he can form easily manipulated, yet complex, layers of color that enhance the effect of his pieces. Leon is constantly evolving as an artist, finding inspiration in both nature and the urban areas that called to him as a child. Every day, Leon’s portfolio undergoes growth as he draws inspiration from the cities and individuals he encounters while showcasing his artwork at various art shows and festivals throughout the weekends. His artistic contributions have garnered recognition and accolades from esteemed shows across the country. Over the past two years, Leon has been selected as the featured artist for prominent events such as ArtFest Fort Myers in 2022, IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts in 2022, ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival in 2023, Halifax Art Festival 2023, and Mainsail Art Festival in 2023. Additionally, he has been honored with the prestigious title of “Best Painter of the Show” at the Cape Coral Art Festival & Marketplace for three consecutive years.
Experience the coastal charm in Leon F Ruiz's 24"x48" painting, featuring palm trees against a modern textured gradient backdrop. Created with palette knife, homemade tools, and brushes, Ruiz's artwork captures the serene beauty of coastal scenes, inviting you to immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this captivating masterpiece

Gleaming Palms

Experience the coastal charm in Leon F Ruiz’s 24″x48″ painting, featuring palm trees against a modern textured gradient backdrop. Created with palette knife, homemade tools, and brushes, Ruiz’s artwork captures the serene beauty of coastal scenes, inviting you to immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this captivating masterpiece
Embrace the understated elegance of Florida's palms in this captivating 30" x 40" painting by Leon F Ruiz. Against a pristine white canvas, black and gray palms take center stage, showcasing the artist's talent in brushwork and palette knife techniques. Drawing inspiration from Florida's enchanting landscapes, Ruiz's work invites you to explore the serene beauty of the state's natural wonders

Moonlight Palms

Embrace the understated elegance of Florida’s palms in this captivating 30″ x 40″ painting by Leon F Ruiz. Against a pristine white canvas, black and gray palms take center stage, showcasing the artist’s talent in brushwork and palette knife techniques. Drawing inspiration from Florida’s enchanting landscapes, Ruiz’s work invites you to explore the serene beauty of the state’s natural wonders
Immerse yourself in the world of regatta racing with this 48” x 30” acrylic painting by Leon F Ruiz. Powerful blue colors that capture the energy of sailboats in a thrilling race. The painting features a gallery wrap style, where the artwork extends over the edges, eliminating the necessity for a frame.

Sailing to Win

Immerse yourself in the world of regatta racing with this 48” x 30” acrylic painting by Leon F Ruiz. Powerful blue colors that capture the energy of sailboats in a thrilling race. The painting features a gallery wrap style, where the artwork extends over the edges, eliminating the necessity for a frame.
Experience the coastal charm in Leon F Ruiz's 24"x48" painting, featuring palm trees against a modern textured gradient backdrop. Created with palette knife, homemade tools, and brushes, Ruiz's artwork captures the serene beauty of coastal scenes, inviting you to immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this captivating masterpiece

Palm Tree Paradise

Experience the coastal charm in Leon F Ruiz’s 24″x48″ painting, featuring palm trees against a modern textured gradient backdrop. Created with palette knife, homemade tools, and brushes, Ruiz’s artwork captures the serene beauty of coastal scenes, inviting you to immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this captivating masterpiece

Visit Leon F Ruiz, Emerald Art Gallery on March 9th - 10th at the Lakewood Ranch Festival of the Arts!

Visit Leon F Ruiz, Emerald Art Gallery on May 25th - 26th at the St. Armands Fine Art Festival!

Visit Leon F Ruiz, Emerald Art Gallery on February 24th - 25th at the Sarasota Festival of the Arts™!

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