Private Conversations / Pantaleon Ruiz
Photo by DAVID DE QUEVEDO
Words by CRISTA LEONARD
IT’S AS THOUGH MEXICO ITSELF SPEAKS THROUGH THE WORKS OF PANTALEON RUIZ, THE RIVERS, VALES AND WILD ANIMALS JOSTLE FOR ATTENTION IN HIS COLOURFUL WEAVINGS AND PAINTINGS. HAVING SPENT MANY YEARS OUTSIDE HIS NATIVE MEXICO, HE RETURNED TO FIRMLY LAY HIS ROOTS IN THE COUNTRY HE LOVES. PANTALEON IS EVERYTHING YOU’D EXPECT HIM TO BE, WARM, FRIENDLY AND INTENSELY CREATIVE.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU FIRST REALISE YOU WANTED TO BE A PAINTER?
As a child I liked to help my father dye textiles, by the age of seven I started weaving and by eleven I had already started creating my own designs. At that time, some of my clients had already started asking me for copies of Picasso’s, Miro’s etc on textile. These were my baby steps into the world of painting and sculpture.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR HOME?
There’s nothing quite like being at home after so many years out of the country.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAMILY HOME LIKE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP ?
My family home was and is covered in coloured threads
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES AND INTERESTS? WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
In the last few years, I have been planting trees in an effort to create a verdant space for my local community.
HOW HAVE YOUR TASTES CHANGED OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER?
My tastes have changed, I hear and see more than before, I believe that my style is the
Fruit of the things I have experienced over the course of my career.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN REAL LIFE ? AND IN A FANTASY WORLD?
Life itself inspires me, my family, colours and textures.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER LAID EYES ON IT?
My style could be described as constant research as a painter, as a sculptor, weaver and designer.
FAVOURITE COLOUR ?
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 5 WORDS:
Dreamer, organised, meticulous, perseverant and happy.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON ?
I am working on a series of large format landscapes, both in painting
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
Leave my country to expose my work in other countries.