American, born in 1972, in Bitburg, Germany
Lives and works in Los Angeles


Sterling Ruby works in a wide range of aesthetic and material strategies, from polyurethane, bronze, steel and ceramic sculptures; to drawings and collages; photography and video; spray-paint and oil paintings; as well as textile works, including quilts, tapestries, garments and soft sculptures.

Ruby has cited a diverse range of sources and influences including aberrant psychologies, urban culture, craft, masculinity, public art and civic monuments, prisons, globalization, American domination and decline, waste and consumption.

Public collections include Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Des Moines Art Center; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Tate Modern, London; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

The survey exhibition, Sterling Ruby: Ceramics, is currently on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, October 3, 2018 – March 17, 2019. Ruby will have a solo exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas in 2019.