Artist & Writer, San Francisco Bay Area

@Marzkim’s Blog



I’m trying something new for me. I know I haven’t posted in a while. The world has been pandemicky and strange, but I am indeed still making art of various kinds. More on that later— another post tomorrow perhaps?— but Read more…

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About Changing

I went on a walk this morning with my friend who is the executive director of the school where I work as the artist in residence. We talked about how to change the world and what that means. We masked Read more…

Nesting in Place

As of 3pm on Friday, March 20th, 2020: It’s the fourth day of shelter in place. Doing school with my youngest at home is a huge change when he depends on routines and support from staff to manage autism of the Read more…

Not Knowing How to Do Things

How does it feel to not know things? If it’s a big stretch to answer that question, it’s one of these reasons: (a) you lie to yourself that you know how to do everything (b) you know you don’t Read more…

Open Studio Fri Oct 11th!

Hey! So this coming Friday Oct 11th 6-9pm, I’m opening my studio to the public for the first time in the new location. If you are nearby, please come! Even kids, if they like art fun. I have quite a Read more…

Art Things

It’s crept up to 104° outside and I spent my first working day in my new studio, despite the heat (and no central AC there). This is just a brief post to update on my artist life over the last Read more…

What I Want & When I Want It

That title phrase makes me think of crowds of people chanting… “what do we want?!” and “when do we want it?!”. I went to an art portfolio review hosted by SFAN in May, and one of the reviewers asked me Read more…

Can I Tell You Something?

I’m sitting here this morning trying to explain the third descriptor of my project (on stories, storytelling, and storytellers for the American story) and I’m thinking… let’s start with me, the storyteller for this project. Because no matter what story Read more…

I love stories.

One of the earliest memories I have of a favorite TV show was Reading Rainbow. (Btw, I heard Lavar Burton has a podcast! I gotta check it out.) I remember the theme song and when I hear it, I have a Read more…

Go Forth on the 4th!

Happy 4th! This Fourth of July I’m sharing a project that’s been slowly growing over the past, I dunno, 15 years. Go forth! I tell myself, even if I don’t know what the end result will be. I’m calling it The Read more…


Maritza Ruiz-Kim
Artist & Writer
Diablo Valley Region,
San Francisco Bay Area

Welcome to this blog where I store all things related to my recent art + writing work.

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.


  • Posting work from Re/Collect series (formerly called In the Desert) on Instagram @marzkim
  • Working on four picture book illustrations & manuscripts


  • TBD coz Covid:: “Welcome/Unwelcome” at ArtemisSF, San Francisco, CA 
  • TBD coz Covid: “Upon waking, it has no name” at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley, CA


  • April: “Welcome/Unwelcome” at ArtemisSF, San Francisco, CA (online)
  • Joined Society for Picture Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)



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




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