Artist & Writer, San Francisco Bay Area


Maritza Ruiz-Kim

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Artist Statement

I think a lot about social structures and the internal emotional landscapes of the people that make up those structures.

I make art as a way to disentangle how people relate with each other.


High Contrast: Illuminate dark spaces
Gradients: Demonstrate nuances of experience
Strength: Make oneself heard
Subtlety: Ascertain perceptiveness
Abstract: Picture what’s intangible
Figure, Structure, & Landscape: Distort what’s tangible




Maritza Ruiz-Kim (she/her/they) is a San Francisco Bay Area artist and writer who has a BFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. She uses her artwork to examine emotional landscapes and social structures. In 2011, she screened her video Inquieta as part of the No Dialogue show at ArtPadSF, which was projected over two stories tall on a neighboring building during the art fair’s programming. In 2013, Ruiz-Kim was the featured artist for R&F Handmade Paints, and later in the year, she launched ProWax Journal, a quarterly magazine for professional artists working in wax and encaustic. She served as Editor-in-Chief and worked with an all-volunteer staff to publish fifteen issues over three years. In the summer of 2016, she moved her studio from Oakland closer to home in Contra Costa County. 

Maritza has exhibited her artwork in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Santa Fe, and Provincetown.

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“Maritza Ruiz-Kim.” by Mary Burger @ Articiple. Jul 12, 2017

Studio Address

Located in the Diablo Valley Region
of the San Francisco Bay Area