oil paint and pigment sticks on canvas board and wood panels
Ruth Mikos, Artist Bio
Ruth Mikos is a contemporary painter who has lived and worked in Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and New Mexico. Her thought-provoking paintings pay homage to times gone by and the intangible nature of memory. Her distinctive personal style emits joy, nostalgia and longing for a simpler time.
An assortment of commonplace, often-discarded objects from the past are brought to life through striking compositions and contrasting color combinations. Her current work features vintage toys and stuffed animals.
The 9th of 10 children Ruth was immersed in a world of imagination at a young age. Her mother introduced her to enticing worlds of creativity: the joy of a good stories; sewing doll clothes; building dollhouse miniatures; music; travel; Broadway shows; quilting and antiquing, which her mother lovingly referred to as “junking”.
Her influences include: her mother; Theodor Geisel; Beverly Cleary; Joel-Peter Witkin; Cindy Sherman; Doug and Mike Starn; Christian Boltanski; Larry Gianettino; and Rebecca Haines. She also had the good fortune to work with the original Blue Man Group in NYC in the early 90’s. Ruth earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She is also a recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant from Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.