Maja Ruznic

Maja Ruznic (b. 1983, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a New Mexico-based painter whose work fuses personal narrative, psychoanalysis, and mythology into paintings which feature ghostlike, diluted forms and vivid colorfields. Working on both immense and small scales, Ruznic extracts order from intense layers of color, often revealing geometric patterns and spectral figures. Painting variably with oils and gouache, Ruznic also creates work of deep abstraction, distinguished by diaphanous passages of jewel-toned pigment. Ruznic’s practice is also informed by her studies, from Slavic shamanism and pagan ritual to Jungian psychoanalysis, Sumerian myth and meditation. Imbued with a discordant beauty, Ruznic’s compositions are guided by a deep intentionality, yet emerge without a premeditated outcome.

Ruznic’s work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, Texas; The Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas; EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; and the Jiménez–Colón Collection Collection, Puerto Rico. Recent exhibitions include the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2022); Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque (2022); Karma, New York, New York (2022); Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato, Italy (2021); and Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico (2021).

Photo by Brad Trone

Photo by Brad Trone

Born 1983, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Lives and works in Placitas, New Mexico



MFA, California College of the Arts


BFA, University of California Berkeley

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions


Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, Migration of Spirits

Karma, New York, Consulting With Shadows


Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico, In the Sliver of the Sun


Hales Gallery, London, Name of the Voice
Conduit Gallery, Dallas, My Noiseless Entourage


Galerie d’Ys, Brussels, Maja Ruznic and Anya Belyat-Ginuta


Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Avet


Duplex100m2, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Phantom Caravan


CES Gallery, Los Angeles, The Wailing Sisters
Jack Fischer Gallery, San Franscico, Soil as Witness


Galerie d’YS, Brussels, Yellow Throat Ribs
Candyland, Stockholm, Untitled
She Works Flexible, Houston, Maja Ruznic and Luz Maria Sanchez, The Boogeyman Is Here
Eastside International, Los Angeles, Maja Ruznic and Ranee Henderson, Lonely Hunters


Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Like Little Miracles They Shimmered, Wet and Innocent
Born Gallery, Berlin, Maja Ruznic and Nina Kluth, Refuge
Jack Fischer Gallery, San Franscico, Maja Ruznic and Joshua Hagler, Among the Missing
Bustamante Gill Gallery, Los Angeles, Maja Ruznic and Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Tender Remains


Trailer Park Projects, Puerto Rico, Messengers

Selected Group Exhibitions


Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany, Canned Heat 

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, Shadow Tracer: Works on Paper
The Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon, Dark Light: Realism in the Age of Post-Truths, curated by Massimiliano Gioni
Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island, The Supernatural in Art
Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Milan, Unmatter 
The Valley, Taos, New Mexico, Leave A Light On 

Galleria Anna Marra, Rome, Postcard from New York – Part III 


Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato, HI WOMAN!


Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, From Morning Til Night, We Should Never Rely on a Single Thing


Matthew Brown, Los Angeles
James Fuentes, New York, Abstract with Figure
Harper’s Apartment, New York, Yarrow Pickers
Shrine, New York, GOOD LUCK


Gildar Gallery, Denver, A Little Tenderness
Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago, Euphoric Flex
LAST Projects, Los Angeles, TBA


DORF, Austin, Figures
Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Per Diem
pt. 2, Gallery, Oakland, Calico Sunset
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico, PARALLAX
Western Kentucky University, Kentucky, Proof of Existence: An Exhibit of Work by Contemporary Artists of Bosnian and Balkan Origin
OCHI GALLERY, Ketchum, Indiana, Does It Make a Sound


BEERS, London, Tickle Torture
ACME, Los Angeles, By the River
Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, With Liberty and Justice for Some


MAIDEN LA, Los Angeles, Elysian Passage
Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles, Phantom Limb
Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, Werewolf
Arc Gallery, San Francisco, Between Worlds


Galerie d’Ys, Paris, YIA Art Fair
Galerie Ernst Hillger, Vienna, Angels With Dirty Faces
Torrance Art Museum, California, Sincerely Yours
Figure One, Champaign, Painting is Dead?!


Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery, Denver, Colorado Boundary//Battle
Galeri G-Art, Istanbul, “I” in their Own Words
MASS Gallery, Austin, Texas, Exquisite Corpse


Galerie Vidal St. Phalle, Paris, 3 Person Show with Martin Assig and Eleanor Moreton
Arc Gallery, San Francisco, Four Squared Alumni Show
Alter Space, San Francisco, What The Mouth Sees


Alter Space, San Franscico, What’s Left Behind
Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, Active


HANG Art Gallery, San Francisco, Figure 8
Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, Cries of San Francisco
Micro Climate Collective, San Francisco, Perfect Place/No Place: Re-Imagining Utopia


Arc Gallery, San Francisco, Dollhouse
Heist Gallery, San Francisco, Til Death Do Us Part
Rootdivision, San Francisco, Borders
arttransponder, Berlin, The American Orifice
Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, California, Works That Disturb The Moonlight


Rod Pulliam Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Summer Group Exhibition
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, MFA Thesis Exhibition


Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas

Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas
Jiménez–Colón Collection, Puerto Rico

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland

He Art Museum, Foshan, China

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California