96: Hector Ruiz

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When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. 

We're talking painters, writers, sculptors, designers, architects -- Phoenicians who are digging into the local scene and adding their own creative elements. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives. And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.

Hector Ruiz is a multimedia artist who owns and operates The Chocolate Factory on Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix.

He describes his own work as a navigation of aesthetic and satire. His family's from Piedras Negras, Mexico, and Ruiz often utilizes the traditional and pop cultural icons of Mexico and the United States in his wood sculptures, linoprints, and paintings.

His work has been featured in exhibitions at Bentley Projects, Phoenix Art Museum, The Heard Museum, DD172 in New York, and at his own studio/gallery.

I came to Phoenix with . . . the idea that Phoenix was going to be less conservative than Texas. It wasn't.

I make art because . . . I have to. I tried to quit several times.

I am most productive when . . . I am alone, unbothered in my studio.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . everything under the sun. Art, drawings, clippings from magazines, words, sketches, notes, masks, etc.

I've learned the most from . . . daily life. Paying attention to what i hear, see, and experience.

Good work should always . . . be uncensored.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . people staying in Phoenix and believing in Phoenix. There are so many good things happening in Phoenix . . . I am optimistic in a shapeable, progressive, bright future for Phoenix and want to be part of helping make that happen.

The Creatives so far ...

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake

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