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Maja Ruznic

Maja Ruznic (b. 1983) is a Bosnian-born, New Mexico-based artist who paints diluted, out-of-focus figures and landscapes that explore nostalgia and childhood trauma. The ritualistic nature of her work reflects religious and mythological interests, including Slavic paganism and Shamanism. For six years following her graduation from the California College of the Arts, Ruznic worked with ink and watercolor in her small San Francisco bedroom. She refers to the loose, runny style she developed as “the drunken hand.” Ruznic has since expanded this gestural approach to oil, while still bearing the influence of water-based media. Ruznic’s work is in the collections of the Dallas Art Museum; the Rachofsky House, Dallas; and the Jiménez–Colón Collection, Puerto Rico. Recent solo exhibitions include Conduit Gallery, Dallas (2020); Denny Dimin Gallery, New York (2019); Duplex100m2, Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Hercegovina (2017); and Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco (2016).

Single work, Maja Ruznic

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

EDUCATION

2009

MFA, California College of the Arts

2005

BFA, University of California Berkeley

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020

Conduit Gallery, Dallas, My Noiseless Entourage

2018

Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Avet

2017

Duplex100m2, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Phantom Caravan

2016

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

2015

Galerie d’YS, Brussels, Yellow Throat Ribs
Candyland, Stockholm, Untitled

2014

Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Like Little Miracles They Shimmered, Wet and Innocent

2012

Trailer Park Proyects, Puerto Rico, Messangers

Selected Two Person Exhibitions

2019

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

2015

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

2014

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Harper’s Apartment, New York, Yarrow Pickers
Shrine, New York, GOOD LUCK

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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, Works That Disturb The Moonlight

2009

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

COLLECTIONS

Dallas Art Museum, Texas
The Rachofsky House, Texas
Jiménez–Colón Collection, Puerto Rico

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