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] In the early 1990s, while attending San Francisco Art Institute, she began painting monochromatic graffiti horses in public spaces in San Francisco.[3][4] Her work was well received by the general public in San Francisco.[4]

She is also 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] 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 Craig "KR" Costello, and Dan "Plasma" Rauch, as well as Mission School painter Alicia McCarthy.[9][10]

In the late 1990s, Neri quit working with graffiti,[11] and moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles. While there, she focused on sculpture, creating figurative but abstract cubist sculptures of horses.[12] She received her MFA from UCLA 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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