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John Ruby

When did you start to be interested in art? Why did you choose to paint?

Art was always in my life. My sister, who is 10 years older than me, is also an artist. Growing up she was constantly creating something with different medias; oils, pastels, clay, etc. And I was fortunate to have her introduce me to the different materials. One of my favorite things I still remember is going to the art store with my sister to pick up new things to “play with”. I still love going to the art store and it’s one of the reasons I love playing with different medias.
Because music is my other passion and art has always been with me, the different medias is my way of combining my instruments to create a symphony for the eye to see. Of all the medias out there, I truly believe that God simply chose paint for me. It’s an extension of who I am.

Do you remember your first piece, what was it?

The first oil painting I did was very memorable to me. I was around 7 and so proud of doing it in oil as it was a huge accomplishment for me. The picture was of a cartoon lion and a mouse that I had copied off a birthday card. There were several pieces before that, and many to follow, but that’s the one that I remember the most.

What are your favorite themes and why? Is there anything you would not depict?

I don’t necessarily have a particular subject theme that would be my favorite. My themes depend on my mood and what inspires me that day. Some of my work can be described as a little on the dark side and other pieces are somewhat whimsical. My art starts from deep inside me and I want the viewer to search deep inside themselves. I want to capture the viewer with as many emotions, good or bad, as possible. The whole fun of being an artist is the creation process and the journey to a new discovery; therefore, I certainly wouldn’t want to limit my creativity in any way by limiting boundaries of what to do. I like to be free to create.

How has education influenced your creativity and changed your professional way?

I wouldn’t say that school made me more creative, it was the discipline I needed to help me channel my creativity. It helped me focus and showed me how to get my ideas on paper/canvas. When I went to the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago, I not only started taking art more seriously, but I learned about art and the execution of art. It put me around other artists, which in turn helped me grow as they sparked creativity and made me want to be the best. It led me down the path of commercial art where I’ve been for all my life. I also believe that life influences you. There are some things that a school can’t teach, like heart & soul, and life experiences help you channel that into art.

From which authors inspire you?

What inspires me most, is not a particular artist, but the way different artists think and how they view art. da Vinci, for example was an artist ahead of his time, he used all of his skills - math, science and creativity to create inventive art that covered the spectrum from religion to science. He looked at everything as art. Andy Warhol, used technology & Pop culture to define anything as art. He wasn’t afraid to embrace technology. Both men were visionaries who had no boundaries in life or with their art. They made everything around them into art, and that to me is inspiring.

What do you think is the place of visual arts in today’s life? Do you think art can influence the public life?

Art will always play a vital role in society. It defines us as humans, expressing our views, feelings and stories along with the pure visual to make society take notice. It has the power to wake people up and can be used as a way to connect the viewer to society to encourage or expose understandings. Art also has great healing powers both for the artist and for the viewer. Art is everywhere today – magazines, billboards, online, in stores, depending on your viewpoint anything and everything can be considered art. I don’t think that it’s been as prevalent as it is today in one form or another.

Do you think that nationality has a place in art?

Yes. Art is extremely powerful. If you look at art through it’s history, you will see that nationality has very much been expressed. Art is the most advantageous way to get a point across with no barriers, from religion to politics, to music and every day life. It’s the biggest form of communication that has endured throughout time. From cave drawings to modern art. It’s history, and an artist may or may not draw upon their nationality to get their message across without boundaries.

What books have you read lately?

“Warrior of the Light” by Paulo Coelho & “The Science of Being Great” by Wallace D. Wattles. Both are books about inner exploration and are motivational books.

Are there any projects that you are working on?

I am always working on something to some degree or another. Currently, I am working on a couple of pieces for an upcoming show at a Gallery in New York City. The show is called “Disintegration”. One piece I just finished is called “on the edge”. It was created from paintings I did on metal that were then photographed and composed in Photoshop. It’s my way of combining all of my talents to achieve own personal symphony.

How do you see your future?

I don’t know what the future will bring, but I do know that I will always be creating art.

What is your art in one sentence?

A little piece of myself set to the music of my soul.

Evgenyi Bystrov


Painting is not a profession, painting is a state of mind

Howard Saye-Vivien


Art - constant evolution and discovery

Igor Lysenko


The memory is mother of muse

Dasha Buneeva


Еducation has influenced my creativity

Alexander Tyurin


Art - it is the way to God, the supreme substance, higher intelligence, perfection

Pavel Miguel


Art is a weapon, protest, a cry out but also protection and faith
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