Spring Love Come Back to Me
Spring Love Come Back to Me is taken from one of her own paintings inspired by the work of Kerry James Marshall. The young man and child in the image represent her younger brother and his daughter. The end of her brother’s brief spring love resulted in a child caught between two parents, a situation that Ruth has noticed happening often in American homes.
Ruth Leonela Buentello was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1984. Her family immigrated from Piedras Negras, Coahuila and Monterrey, Mexico to Texas in the early 70s. Her art practice began with creating community-based murals with the non-profit organization, San Anto Cultural Arts. Ruth graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a focus on acrylic painting, and her work has evolved since then with her participation in the Más Rudas Chicana art collective. She has exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions between Chicago, Los Angeles and Texas. She currently lives and works in San Antonio as Community Mural/Public Art coordinator for San Anto Cultural Arts.
Ruth Buentello works primarily with acrylic paints on unconventional surfaces and incorporates the objects and materials commonly found in domestic spaces. Much of the inspiration for her work is drawn from the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and Feminist Movement. According to Ruth, art has the powerful capacity to influence the direction of a society’s movements, and she positions her work to function as a documentation of and reflection on her society’s stories and experiences.