Ruben Ochoa

Ruben OchoaArtist’s Statement

Drawn to social constructs and how they hinge and re-enforce a city’s existing racial, and economic ebb and flow, I find myself attempting to abstract the social by examining the built environment.

My interest lies in these architectural elements that affect one’s surroundings, the physicality of space as defined by its boundaries or other instruments of demarcation. In my practice I create spatial disruptions that confront and implicate the viewer.

Giving a nod to civic engineering, my work derives from mere gestures on paper to then drawing with rebar and galvanized posts, materials that are woven into many of my recent sculptures. In a manner, propelling the work from form and formlessness the sculptures begin to activate the institutional landscape– moving from sculpture as object into installation, and architecture as character, animation, and sci-fi.

Working with a few basic materials; concrete, metal, and dirt, I’ve been able to develop them into a practice that continues to motivate my next body of work. Every space comes with its unique restrictions and limitations, but as reflected in my sculptures, I’m constantly finding ways to twist and meld these conceptual concerns to fit in these spaces. If not, I just cut it out.



Selected Solo Exhibitions From 2009-2013

Untitled, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA

Cores and Cutouts, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Building on the Fringes of Tomorrow, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

Crooked Under the Weight, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Selected Group Exhibitions From 2009-2013

X-Change, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas
Lost Line: Selections from the Permanent Collection, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, (curated by Rita Gonzalez)

FGAP @ Venice, Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice, Italy

The Artist’s Museum: Los Angeles Artists 1980-2010, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Awards From 2009-2013

California Community Foundation: Mid-Career Artist Fellowship

The Santo Foundation 2012 Individual Artist Award

Nomination: Future Generation Art Prize, Victor Pinchuk Foundation
The Durfee Foundation: Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant


MFA, University of California, Irvine

BFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles