Visual Artist and Illustrator Rachel Levit Ruiz Guest Speaker at LALS LatinAm & Caribbean Civ Class

When we talk about Latin American art we’re thinking about an artistic expression that emerges in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, as well as that of Latin Americans living in other regions. And we’re talking about art that has roots in the many different indigenous cultures that inhabited the Americas before European colonization in the 16th century. How contemporary art influences the work of artists in Latin America today, regardless of their individual and specific origins, is as varied as the artists themselves. What we examine when we think of Latin American and Caribbean civilization is a cultural connection with history. Contemporary artists are influenced by that connection, and it is the language of their art.

On October 22, we had the opportunity to listen to and view a PowerPoint presentation by Mexican artist, Rachel Levit Ruiz, and to ask some of these questions about the themes that inform her work. Ms. Levit Ruiz, who graduated from Parsons School of Design, is a well-known commercial artist whose work has been appearing regularly in publications in Latin America for the past few years, as well as The New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Google Doodle, among other print and electronic publications.

On our Guest Speakers page, you will be able to follow the link to a recording of the class via Zoom. This is available to students and faculty for educational purposes only. Below are some screenshots from the class. You can see more of Ms. Levit Ruiz’s work on her website and on Instagram