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Ruth Santee

Oakland, CA

"“I embrace narrative in my art. After all, human beings are storytelling creatures.”"
California based artist Ruth Santee has an out of the ordinary way of cutting to the core of our humanness. Insects, animals and even plants adopt human narratives in her unique compositions’ of drawing and collage of found papers. Santee creates imagery that could have come from a quirky children’s book, while other times they seem more like pages from a secret diary.

Ruth Santee studied with artists David Barbero, Doris Cross, Joel Fisher, and Pagen Brooke. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the University of Oregon/Eugene, the David Brower Center, and the US Forestry Service.
Wescover creator since 2019

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