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Maja Ruznic
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NEWS | Discover the interview and recent works of Maja Ruznic in the September issue of JUXTAPOZ magazine


Born in Bosnia & Hercegovina, 1983

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Maja Ruznic’s new paintings possess the same psychological intimacy and phantasmagoric quality as her earlier works, only this time Ruznic has embedded her figures into predominantly dark backgrounds and allowed them to appear stain-like, emerging from darkness.  Ruznic draws from her experience of making art with Syrian refugees with her partner and collaborator Joshua Hagler, as well as from her own experiences growing up as a child refugee.  Her paintings evoke feelings of discomfort, displacement, and abandonment. 
 
Ruznic thinks of paper as the painting underdog, which has historically been regarded as a surface for preliminary sketches, and, therefore, less significant than the more traditional surfaces like canvas and wood panel.  Drawn to the unpredictable nature of ink and the spontaneous quality of working on paper, Ruznic’s paintings subvert widely held assumptions about the polish and slickness required for a work to be finished.  The works on paper are sketch-like and complete at once, and evoke the feeling of having woken from dream, recalling a few, small details while the rest recedes into obscurity.


Galleries
Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Galerie Vidal St. Phalle, Paris, France
Galerie d'YS, Brussels, Belgium

Education
BFA Univeristy of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2005
MFA California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2009

Solo exhibitions
TBD, Galerie d'YS, Belgium
TBD, Candyland, Stockholm, Sweden
2014

Like Little Miracles They Shimmered, Wet and Innocent, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2013
The Farming of Scars and Stains, The Smoking Nun Gallery, San Francisco 
2012
To Love, To Lose, Lucky Alley Gallery, San Francisco 
Messengers, Trailer Park Proyects, Puerto Rico

Duo exhibitions
2014
Among the Missing, Maja Ruznic & Joshua Hagler, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco
Tender Remains, Maja Ruznic & Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Bustamante Gill Gallery, Los Angeles
Drift, Maja Ruznic & Nina Kluth, Born Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Collective exhibitions

2015
Sincerely Yours, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Painting Is Dead?!, Figure One, Champaign, IL
2014

Among the Missing--Maja Ruznic and Joshua HaglerJack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco
Tender Remains--Maja Ruznic and Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Bustamante Gill Gallery, Los Angeles
Drift--Maja Ruznic and Joshua Hagler, Low Gallery, San Diego
TBD--Maja Ruznic and Nina Kluth, Born Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Spectrum, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes 
2013
3 person show with Martin Assig and Eleanor Moreton, Galerie Vidal St.Phalle, Paris
Four Squared Alumni Show, Arc Gallery, San Francisco
What The Mouth Sees, Alter Space, San Francisco
2012
What’s Left Behind, Alter Space, San Francisco
Active, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco
2011
Figure 8, HANG Art Gallery, San Francisco
Cries of San Francisco, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco
Perfect Place/No Place: Re-Imagining Utopia, MicroClimate Collective, San Francisco 2010
Dollhouse (Juried exhibition by Jack Fisher) Arc Gallery, San Francisco
Til Death Do Us Part, Heist Gallery, San Francisco
Borders, Rootdivision, San Francisco, CA
The American Orifice, arttransponder, Berlin, Germany
Works That Disturb The Moonlight, Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2009
Fall Group Show, Sugar Café, San Francisco, CA
Summer Group Exhibition, Rod Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR
MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Paradox of the Sets, Club Six, San Francisco, CA
Illusion Helps, Orange Alley Projects, San Francisco, CA

Awards

2014 Dave Brown Projects - 9th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Steven Matijcio, Dominic Molon, Marina Pacini). Award of Excellence.

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