VERSO at Thinkspace, LA

” Godiva ”
Acrylic on Paper and Wood
64 x 74 cm

It’s been a century since I last posted here, mainly because I want to change the blog system (also I am overwhelmingly busy).  A lot of things happened that I will try to backtrack in the coming months and keep this space updated. The reason I am posting is that in two weeks (!) my next solo will be opening at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. The piece above is one of the works I will showing in this new body of work. Feel free to come by, here’s the info:

João Ruas
Thinkspace Gallery
6009 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Los Angeles

Opening reception: February 1st 6-9PM
On View: February 1st-22nd


Sage + Kyudo Print

joao-ruas joao ruas” Le Sacre du Printemps XIII – Before the Sage ”
Graphite on Paper, Vellum and Acetate
22,4 x 38,1 cm

This is the third of the graphite drawings I did for “Lined in Lead II” groupshow. There’s still a lot of works available from all the great artists, for inquiries:

Also, I have a new print of “Kyudo” out through Gallery Nucleus. It’s an edition of 50, numbered and signed:


joao-ruas joao ruas” Le Sacre du Printemps XII – Despair ”
Graphite on Paper, Vellum and Acetate
22,4 x 38,1 cm

This is the second piece of the three I am bringing to the group show “Lined in Lead II”.  This is probably gonna be my last three Rites drawings series… or not.

The show will open next week in Los Angeles and I will be attending, feel free to say hi.

April 13, 2013 – April 28, 2013
Opening Reception / Apr 13, 7:00PM – 10:00PM
Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801


” Riot Study ”
Acrylic on Fabriano
13 x 18 cm

This year I had the pleasure to be invited to the ” Microvisions ” group show. All the pieces are going to be shown @ the Society of Illustrators in NY during May and they will be for auction late in the month with all the profit going straight to the Society’s Student Scholarship Fund. For more info:

Lined in Lead II + Game of Thrones

Joao Ruas” Le Sacre du Printemps XI – Ancestors ”
Graphite on Paper, Vellum and Acetate
22,4 x 38,1 cm

This is one of the three pieces I am doing for the upcoming ” Lined in Lead II” group show curated by Ryan Graff that will take place @ Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles. The opening is on April 13th 7PM and I will be attending. For more info and the full list of participants:

Joao Ruas“Jaqen H’ghar”
Graphite, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper and Acetate
17,4 x 25,7 cm

The guys from Mondo invited me for their ” Game of Thrones ” groupshow that is still up right now as part of SXSW in Austin, TX. You can find more info, the full list of participants and the works here:


” Le Sacre du Printemps X – Terre ”
Graphite on Paper, Vellum and Acetate
29 x 37 cm

The piece above will be a part of the group show SEI2 curated by Zach Tutor that will take place at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The show opens on Jan, 3rd  at 6PM. For more info and the full list of great artists, please go to the Supersonic Electronic website.


joao-ruas joao ruas” Ripper ”
Acrylic on Paper, Board
70 x 70 cm

The piece above will be shown in Barcelona this Wednesday, December 5th in the groupshow “ROJO ROJO” @  Miscelania Gallery (Carrer Guàrdia, 10 – Barcelona).

The show theme is RED and I am really proud to exhibit with my friend Chamo San, Conrad Roset, Guim Tió among other great artists. More info can be found here:


joao-ruas joao ruas” Kyudo ”
Acrylic on Board
30,3 x 39,5 cm

I will be participating with two paintings in the upcoming group show “LAX/HKG”, a joint effort by Thinkspace Gallery (US) and Above Second Gallery (Hong Kong).

The show runs from Nov, 16th ’12 till Jan 12th ’13 @ 31 Eastern St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. For more details and to check the lineup I am proud to be alongside:

Moleskine Studies & Sketches

First of all, I finally made a Facebook page this month, it’s another channel to get news about shows, books and other things.



Thanks a lot to everyone who got the Yore catalogue, it’s in under production as I type. For those that missed the two weeks selling window, unfortunately it will be impossible for me to get extras, the exact number of sales is the exact number of  copies.

It was a nice experience overall and there are going to be other published material in the future with new pieces that I am currently working. Hope you can wait and understand.

Last day + “Rites”

Joao_Ruas_” Le Sacre du Printemps VIII – Engaged ”
Graphite on Paper, Vellum and Acetate
19 x 27 cm

This is the second piece for the group show that opened yesterday in Lucca, Italy. Hope it makes this post less annoying due to its “spam” nature.

“Go With The Flow”
Villa Bottini, Via Elisa 9,55100
Lucca, Italy
Opening: Saturday, August 11, 2012 -19:00
For more details and enquiries:

“Rites” for Lucca

Joao_Ruas_” Le Sacre du Printemps IX – Through ”
Graphite on Paper, Vellum and Acetate
20 x 27 cm

This is one of the two pieces I sent to the group show “Go With The Flow” that will happen this month in Lucca, Italy. It is truly an honor to show alongside such amazing artists. I am writing a process description for these last pieces from the “Rites” series I’ve done that will be posted on Supersonic Electronic (hopefully by next week).

“Go With The Flow”
Villa Bottini, Via Elisa 9,55100
Lucca, Italy
Opening: Saturday, August 11, 2012 -19:00
For more details and enquiries:

ONLINE! YORE Catalog + Print Sale

The Yore expanded edition is a 7.75 x 9.75 inch, hardcover volume printed on 148 GSM lustre paper with black endpapers and hand-embellished details. It is accompanied by a tipped-in, signed and stamped print of Small Gorgoneion II printed on 330 GSM hot press cotton rag paper, as well as a numbered micro certificate.

This limited edition will be available through a timed release. Orders will be accepted during a two-week period beginning July 29, 12 pm UTC-3/6 am PST and ending August 13, 11:59 am UTC/5:59 am PST, with the final edition size being determined by the number of orders. Anyone ordering a copy during this window is guaranteed to receive one, and this is the only time the Yore extended edition will be made available.

The Yore expanded edition + print will be $90. Shipping will be $10 to U.S. addresses and $20 for international orders. All catalogs will ship via USPS Priority Mail. The catalog will go into production at the conclusion of the order period with shipping anticipated to begin in late September.


Joao_Ruas_” Harpia ”
Acrylic on Fabriano
31,5 x 24,5 cm

This was my piece for the huge group show ‘Wild at Heart’ held by Thinkspace Gallery and curated by Amanda Erlanson. The purpose of this exhibit is to raise awareness about endangered species and the animal I selected to work on was the Harpy Eagle. The details for the show:

‘Wild At Heart – Keep Wildlife In The Wild’
Curated by Andrew Hosner and Amanda Erlanson
20% of all sales will go to benefit ‘Born Free USA’ and the world’s endangered species
On view May 26th – June 9th, 2012

As you can notice, the show opened last Saturday… as an excuse for my delay, I was overseas in the US. Many good things came out of that trip, including a new print and an extended catalogue for ‘YORE’. Details of how these items can be acquired will be released in two weeks.


Joao_Ruas_” Wager I “
Watercolor & Acrylic on Fabriano
38 x 27 cm


Here’s an illustration I did for Playboy that is on the shelves this month in the US.

Really nice to work with Cody Tilson who did a great job with the page layout.

Joao_Ruas_” Playboy – Russian Picnic “

Redesigned Blog & Sketches

I redesigned the blog to keep up with the recent changes on my website so they all follow the same visual pattern and way of presentation, more minimal I would say.

With everything new and blank, I hope to start writing on things that inspire or inspired me at some point, my expectation is to post something that way in the coming weeks.

And here are some moleskine sketches: