Reminisce (artist)

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Born Ruby Rose Neri
Nationality American
Education University of California, Los Angeles (MFA, 1998),
San Francisco Art Institute (BFA, 1994)[1]
Known for Graffiti, murals, sculpture, and painting
Movement Mission School

Reminisce (aka REM, pseudonyms of Ruby Rose Neri)[2] is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her portrayal of horses.


Ruby Neri is the daughter of Bay Area Figurative sculptor Manuel Neri,[2] and followed in his footsteps as an artist. In the early 1990s, while attending San Francisco Art Institute, she began prolifically painting distinct, monochromatic graffiti horses in public spaces in San Francisco.[3][4] Her work was often well received by the general public in San Francisco, even among people who did not normally like graffiti.[4]

Meanwhile, she also had a parallel career as a gallery artist and muralist, receiving a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994.[5] Her painting during this time is described as being influenced by Nicole Eisenmann, Raymond Pettibon, and Mike Kelley.[6] During this time, Neri contributed mural work to such sites as the Clarion Alley Mural Project and the Redstone Building.[7][8] A founding member of what later came to be known as the Mission School,[9] she was a close collaborator with other notable graffiti artists such as Twist and KR, as well as Mission School painter Alicia McCarthy.[9][10]

In the late 1990s, Neri stopped doing graffiti entirely[11] and moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where she devoted herself more fully to sculpture, creating figurative but abstract cubist sculptures of horses.[12] During this time, she attended UCLA, where she received her MFA in 1998.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Ruby Neri: CV, David Kordansky Gallery (website), 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  2. ^ a b "Reminisce Remembered" by Amor Sans Blague, Motility Blog, April 30, 2005.
  3. ^ "Reminisce" by D.S. Black, Shaping San Francisco Digital Library. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
  4. ^ a b Piece By Piece (documentary film), by Nic Hill, 2006.
  5. ^ Ruby Neri: Bio, China Art Objects (website), 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  6. ^ "Low Cool" (art review) by Glen Helfand,, February 27, 1996.
  7. ^ Clarion Alley Mural Project by Megan Wilson,, 2006.
  8. ^ Redstone Labor Temple Mural Project, by Aaron Noble, Creative Work Fund (website), June 10, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-09-01.
  9. ^ a b "Ten by Twenty" (art show review) by SFS Staff, SF Station (website), November 16, 2004.
  10. ^ "Infinity Rainbow: Alicia McCarthy at Rare" by Stephanie Lee Jackson,, 2001.
  11. ^ Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents by Nicholas Ganz and Nancy MacDonald, 2006. ISBN 0-8109-5747-7
  12. ^ "Ruby Neri". John Natsoulas Center for the Arts. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bluhm, Erik. 2005. "Ruby Neri". ArtUS #8.
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 1997. Bay Area Now: A Regional Survey of Contemporary Art.

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