Franco Mondini-Ruiz

Born 1961, San Antonio, Texas

Lives and works in New York and San Antonio



St. Mary's University, B.A. English '82, Summa Cum Laude

St Mary's School of Law JD Law '85, Highest Honors




The Powder Room, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Feast without Famine, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, New York


A Mexican Museum of Modern Art, Newark Museum of Art and Aljira Center for

Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey

Modern Pinatas, Window Works, Artpace, San Antonio, Texas

Gift With Purchase, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas

Love Stories, Galeria Ortiz, San Antonio, Texas

Painting Under Glass, The Art Cases at SoHo, San Antonio, Texas               


Paintin' Place, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Hollywood Squares, Light Box Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Tea for Tú , San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, Texas


Quattrocento: Four Hundred Paintings, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York

Postcards from Rome, American Academy in Rome, Italy

Small Treasures, Projetto Biagiotti, Florence, Italy


Botanica Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, California (catalog)

Giant, Marfa Ballroom, Marfa, Texas

99 Paintings, McColl Center for the Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina


Pan in the Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, Missouri (catalog)


Nacho de Paz (and Other TexMex Miracles), Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York


SHOP, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, New York

Infinito Botanica: St Louis, Des Lee Gallery, Washington U., St. Louis, Mo.

Untitled Grid No. 7, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY.


Mexique, El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York (catalog)


Infinito Botanica, San Antonio, Texas (1995-1999)

Infinito Botanica:  New York, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York


Tableau Vivant, The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas


Infinito Botanica @ ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas (catalog)

Diesen ist Kein Kitsch, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, Texas


Naturaleza Muerta, Plaza Santa Catarina, Mexico City, Mexico




Room with a Queen, Bridge Art Fair, Miami, Florida

Time for a Chage, Deborah Colton Galley, Houston, Texas

Curiosities, Edward Cella Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

"Mestizos Moderne", Re-Mix, New Modernities in a Post Indian World, The Heard

Museum, Phoenix, Arizona and The National Museum of The American Indian

Smithsonian, New York, New York (catalog)


Nuevo Arte: Colección Tequila Don Julio, The Mexican Museum,

White Box, NY, New World Museum, Houston, Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles

Ulterior Motifs:  A Celebratory Art Extravaganza, Arlington Museum of Art, Texas


Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase

College, Purchase, New York (catalog)


The Prague Biennale, Prague Museum of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech


Infinito Botanica: Bologna, Bologna Art Fair, Bologna, Italy

Down the Garden Path: The Artist's Garden After Modernism, Queens Museum of Art, New York, New York (catalog)


I Heart Texas, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

Twang, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas

Salon Carlotta, McColl Center for the Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina


Mexican Town, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Dreamspaces/Entresueños, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY

Ultrabaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art, Walker Art Center,

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Infinito Botanica: Spain, ARCO, Madrid, Spain

Dust in the Wind, NY Public Art Fund, New York, New York (catalog)

Ultrabaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art, Miami Art Museum, Miami, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Easy as 1, 2, 3 Recycled Works, San Antonio, Texas

ARS01 - KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (catalog)

Ultrabaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,  and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Caribbean Biennal, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Lost In Space, Gary Tatinsian Gallery, New York, NY

Hopscotch, Gallery of Art, Kean University, New Jersey


The Whitney Biennial 2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (catalog)

City of Lights: Art Walk, Comité Colbert, New York, New York (catalog)

Infinito Botanica @ Downtown Arts Project, New York, New York

Ultrabaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (catalog)

Texans in the Whitney, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Yard Sale, Downtown Arts Project, New York, New York


Material World, Austin Museum of Art, Laguna Gloria Austin, Texas

Collective Visions, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas

The Business of Art, Instituto Cultural de Mexico, San Antonio, Texas


Simply Beautiful, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas (catalog)

Tres Proyectos Latinos, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas


Double Trouble: Mirrors/Pairs/Twins/Lovers, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas (Brochure)

Synthesis and Subversion:  A Latino Direction in San Antonio Art, Art Gallery of the University of Texas at San Antonio and the UTSA Satellite Space (catalog)


Blue Star VIII, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas (catalog)


The Illusive Object, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas

Hispanic Artists of 1993, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas

Closets: Queer Experiences, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, San Antonio, Texas



2004-5, Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome

2003, McColl Center Artist in Residency Program, Charlotte, North Carolina

2001, Creative Capital Foundation Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant

2000, Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, Artpace Artist in Residency Program

1994, New Forms Regional Initiative Grant



Rothstein, Edward. "Celebrating Hispanics From Both Sides of a Hyphenated

Identity," The New York Times,April 21, 2007.

Clark, Jayne. "San Antonio celebrates its Latino heritage with an arts bonanza",

USA Today, April 20, 2007.

Jacobs, Joseph. "Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Emerging Artists", Art & Antiques, February.


Horyn, Cathy. "Lone Star Style", The New York Times, August 27, 2006.

Leffingwell, Edward. "Franco Mondini-Ruiz at Frederieke Taylor Gallery", Art in America, May 2006.


Smith, Roberta. "Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Quattrocento", The New York Times,

December 30, 2005.


Carmela Ciuraru. "Kitsch and Sell," ARTnews, November 2004, p.131.


Jessica Ostrower. "Franco Mondini-Ruiz at Frederieke Taylor Gallery", Art in America, May 2003.

Melissa Gronlund. "Franco Mondini-Ruiz", ArtNews, May 2003.

Ken Johnson. "Franco Mondini-Ruiz, 'Nacho de Paz'", The New York Times, January 3 2003.


art: 21 Art in the Twenty First Century, Henry N. Abrams, publications 2001, pg 204.

"Canvas", Art News, February 2002, pg 36.

"Caribbean Biennale", Flash Art, May 2002.


"Ultra Baroque:  Museum of Contemporary, San Diego"

Charles LaBelle, frieze, Jan/Feb 2001, p. 99.

Ann Albritton , "Franco Mondini-Ruiz: El Museo Del Barrio", Sculpture, Jan/Feb 2001, pg 59. 

"Critics Choice:  Pick of the Week", Time Out NY, March 2001.


Christopher Knight "Updating Baroque", Los Angeles Times, October 3, 2000, p. F.8, F.9.

Michael Duncan "Blinded by Buzzwords", Art in America, July 2000, pp. 38, 40.

Peter Schjeldahl, "The pleasant surprise of the new, in two big surveys", The New Yorker, April 3, 2000.           

Holland Cotter, "Varied Realms Thrive Uptown", The New York Times, April 14, 2000.

Katy Siegel, "Biennial 2000: Whitney Museum of Art", ARTFORUM, May 2000, p. 171.

Patricia C. Johnson, "They'll take Manhattan", Houston Chronicle, 4 May 2000, p. 1D.

Chickens on a Mission, 2009, Frank Mondini-Ruiz, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 in.
The Powder Room, 2003, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, spray paint and artist marker on canvas, 48 x 60 in.
Vanishing Venice, 2009, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 in.