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Kris Ruhs

  • Multimedia sculptor
  • Milan, Italy
  • Master Artisan
Kris Ruhs Multimedia sculptor
Italian, English
By appointment only
+39 025464589
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Exploring materials

  • • Kris adapts any material and technique to his imaginative process
  • • He loves working with recycled or recovered materials
  • • He brings out the expressive potential of structure, materials and colour

A multifaceted artist and designer, Kris Ruhs began his exploration into art and craftsmanship in New York City in the 1970s, while attending the School of Visual Arts. “I'd been involved in art ever since I was young because my mother painted scenery for theatre and dance. The School of Visual Arts was the big turning point in my life. I used to spend almost all my days in school; I took everything from painting and sculpture to photography, filmmaking... Basically that’s where I started experimenting with art.” He began his first series of sculptures inspired by the wood discarded in the streets next to his studio in lower Broadway. In the 1990s he settled in Milan, where he continues to experiment with clay, wood, metal, silver, paper, textiles and light.

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Photo: © Kris Ruhs

Each of these handmade ceramic cups was hand painted with a gold motif.

Height 12 cm
Diameter 8 cm

Photo: © Kris Ruhs

This ceramic, hand painted vessel forms part of Kris Ruhs's Crocodile series.

Height 9 cm
Length 50 cm

Photo: © Kris Ruhs
Ceramic sculpture

This handmade sculpture of a trefoil, a graphic form composed of three overlapping rings, was made using the Raku ceramic technique.

Height 70 cm
Width 30 cm
Length 40 cm

Photo: © Kris Ruhs
Silver necklace

This necklace was made from various segments of interlinked silver. The necklace includes a long tail which runs down the wearer's body.

Photo: © Kris Ruhs
Ceramic vase

The handmade ceramic vase was hand painted with small glaze dots.

Height 70 cm
Diameter 60 cm

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