My name is David Ruff, and i am a chicago based contemporary artist working in a variety of media.  my artistic processes began as a child in South carolina, where i experimented with many different types of art.  my work is characterized by a love of details, the architecture of objects and the geometry surrounding the subject.  inspirations can come from real life or from a very fertile imagination. most recently, a change in my life has prompted me to take a look at the world from a different angle...which improves the view tremendously.

I studied both architecture and visual arts at clemson university but received my degree in business management.  After many years in the business world, i have struck out on my own to pursue my artistic career.  while studying visual arts, i developed a love for the art of printmaking and that has translated into many ideas from this medium into other types of artwork including photography, digital artwork and paintings.  I still go back to my roots by doing screenprinting, woodcut and linoprints on occasion.

my work has been exhibited at small shows and cultural events throughout the Chicago area. I am currently selling works through The Pop Up Gallery in Evanston, Illinois. I am also available for commissions.

Personal Information:

David Ruff (b. 1969)

Hoffman Estates, IL



Clemson University, studies in Architecture and Visual Arts, Nd

National Louis University, Bachelors of Management Science, 2015

Solo Exhibits:

2017 - LOOK UP, Martini Room,Elgin, IL 

2016 – lines, lines, lines, martini room, elgin, il

2013 – Silhouettes and Lumberjacks, Martini Room, Elgin, IL

2012 – observation to result, martini room, elgin, il

Group Shows:

2018 - Group Show, Ars Memoria, Cjhicago, IL

2018 - group Show (A LACK OF COLOR), Beans Gallery, Chicago, IL (curator)

2018 - Group Show (impact:inspire), peace of art gallery, bloomingdale, il (curator)

2016 - group show, sidestreet gallery (elgin fringe fest), elgin, il

2013 – Group Show (approaching 40), ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013 - Group Show (Art for All Elgin), Hemmens Auditorium, Elgin, IL


2018 - voyage chicago - Click for Article