Philippines-born Stanley Ruiz is known as a product designer and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. With an extensive background in craft design and production, Ruiz’s work combines natural and industrial elements to bring a new meaning to familiar object archetypes.
Born and raised in Manila, he first became interested in craft design while studying at the University of Philippines College of Fine Arts. This experience took him to Bali, where he learned to appreciate traditional culture and craft. After three years in Bali, he moved to New York, where his work took a more contemporary turn. In 2012, Ruiz moved back to the Philippines to start his own firm: Estudio Ruiz Design Consultancy. With an amalgam of different experiences, Ruiz’s work is very simple yet effective, familiar yet foreign. His pieces are less decorative, evoking a raw aesthetic that is derived from his interest in traditional handicrafts.
Gift to The Vilcek Foundation Collection;
Iman Issa receives the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts for exploring, through works of various media, difficult philosophical questions, such as the individual’s relationship to places, figures, and events that are collectively familiar, or the difference between experience and recognition.
Nari Ward receives the Vilcek Prize in Fine Arts for a body of found-object assemblage artwork that invites both a public discourse and an intimate dialogue with viewers on topics such as race, poverty, immigration, and the Caribbean diaspora identity.
Neri Oxman receives the Vilcek Prize in Design for creating forms that challenge traditional principles of architecture, product design, and fashion, and juxtapose material properties with environmental constraints.
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