The past year has been good to Hector Ruiz, artist and owner of the downtown art gallery the Chocolate Factory. After a successful show at the Heard Museum — he sold every piece — Ruiz was picked up by Bentley Projects, is touring Romania this fall, and has a show at the Smithsonian coming up. Not bad for a first-generation American from Texas who almost failed out of art school. A product of both traditional Mexican culture and modern America, Ruiz understands the pressure immigrants are under and says his work reflects their unheard voices and frustration. His views are certainly controversial — detractors have told him to "go back to Mexico" more than... More >>>