Maja Ruznic

Maja Ruznic (b. Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1983) fuses personal narrative, psychoanalysis, mythology, and esoteric thought into vivid paintings that hybridize figuration and abstraction. Painting variably with oils and gouache on immense and small scales alike, she extracts order from layers of diluted pigment. Ruznic’s practice is informed by her studies, from Slavic shamanism and alchemy to Jungian psychoanalysis and sacred geometry. Imbued with a discordant beauty, her compositions emerge without a premeditated outcome. Ruznic’s introspective, mystical approach places her into a lineage of visionary painters including Paul Klee and Hilma af Klint. Ruznic lives in Placitas, New Mexico.

Recent solo exhibitions include those held at Karma, Los Angeles (2023); Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque (2022); Karma, New York (2022); and Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico (2021). Ruznic’s work is held in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; Dallas Art Museum; EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland; Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico; Jiménez–Colón Collection, Puerto Rico; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Rachofsky House, Dallas; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Ruznic’s work is currently on view in the Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

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


Karma, New York (forthcoming)


Karma, Los Angeles, Geometry of Exile


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


Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, OVERSERVED, curated by Raffi Kalenderian and Alberto Cuadros (forthcoming)

Contemporary Fine Arts, Basel, Switzerland, DEAD CAN DANCE

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing

Cromwell Place, London, Deific Outlines – The Human Figure Throughout the Centuries and Regions

Harwood Art Museum of The University of New Mexico, Taos


Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland, Dialogues

The Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas, Texas, Full and Pure: Body, Materiality, Gender

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


Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Dallas Museum of Art
EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico
He Art Museum, Foshan, China
Jiménez–Colón Collection, Puerto Rico
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Rachofsky House, Dallas
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art




Tamarind Institute

68 pages



Consulting with Shadows

Karma, New York 2022

296 pages, hardcover

11 × 10 1⁄4 inches



In The Sliver of The Sun

Harwood Museum of Art, 2021

56 pages, hardcover

10 1⁄2 × 8 1⁄2 inches


Peter Bradley, Thaddeus Mosley, Maja Ruznic, Tabboo!, Xiao Jiang

Karma, New York, 2021

62 pages

11 × 8 1⁄4 inches