Max Ruf (1982 – )

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Born in Germany, Ruf lives and works in Berlin and London. By adopting the trope of the journeying plein-air artist, Max Ruf articulates his movements and displacement through different natural environments to merge together the pressures of site with the material plasticity of paint. In this way, his paintings, objects and video works question whether to be understood as the backlog of a performative and enduring event or as the expression of our desire to reify our visual and sensorial experience. His gestural approach to the canvas is resonant with his movements correspondence to a moving landscape that is both natural and artificial as well as physical and symbolic. Max Ruf completed his MA at the Royal College of Art, London in 2013. After having participated the Faap residency in Sao Paulo, he is currently living between London and Berlin, preparing his first UK solo exhibition at Union Pacific, London ( opening september 2015). Recent solo exhibitions include 6:45, Murias Centeno, Lisbon (2014), and La Passion Est Une Chance, CSA, Vancouver (2013). Group shows include Nimm´s Mal Easy, Ausstellungsraum, Klingenthal, Basel and Jac Leirner, Albert Baronian, Brussels (both 2015). Union, Union Pacific, London;  Postcodes, Soft, Casa de Povo, São Paulo and Oliver Osborne, Emanuel Rohss, Max Ruf, Carl Kostyal, London (all 2014). He was part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the Institute Of Contemporary Art, London in 2013.