Tina Mari Rucker
 
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She was born in...

San Juan, PR and grew up in Georgia and South Carolina. She attended Columbia College Chicago where she received her BA in filmmaking. She produced and directed a documentary, Numu Tekwa, Speak Comanche. It's based on the Comanche Tribe and Language Preservation committee’s efforts to preserve their language and culture. She later received a MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she produced and directed films titled, My World Will Be All Right and aMBitIOn.

After graduate school, she focused her time with abstract paintings. She organized and created pop up exhibitions a couple times a year throughout Chicago. Her current work goes beyond abstract and touches on two-dimensional portraits. Her method is to convey the expression of her thoughts. Her art are paintings, they are films and they are any medium that expresses her thoughts.  Her goal is to create works of art that conveys a specific story or thought that she holds dear to her heart. She uses a visual language by focusing on imagery, color and placement to communicate that narrative.  

 
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PHILOSOPHY

 

I want to create works of art that express and focus in a language by using imagery to convey a poignant story. It's the representation of what I want you to see, the thoughts that I feel and to be able to produce works of art that have  yet seen. 

 
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Context 2017

New York


 Awards and Exhibitions

 

Prelude to Ennead, Chicago, 2017

Complex Chicago, 2017

Context NYC, 2017

Overcoming the Superego, Chicago, 2016

White Exhibition, Chicago, 2015

Beginning, There Was Blue Exhibition, Chicago, 2015

Square Off Exhibition, Chicago, 2014

Time Art Gallery, Recognition Award, 2013

Weisman Scholarship

Illinois Arts Council 

Red Earth Film & Video

AT&T Pioneers

Red Earth Film & Video Competition

UIC Graduate College Diversity Fellowship

 
 

Artwork

Deep Sea, 48" x 48" encaustic/oil painting

Deep Sea, 48" x 48" encaustic/oil painting

Terra Firma, 48" x 48", Wax and Oil

Terra Firma, 48" x 48", Wax and Oil

At Most Sphere, 40" x 30", Wax and pigment

At Most Sphere, 40" x 30", Wax and pigment

Untitled: Oil, Wax and Resin, 24" x48"

Untitled: Oil, Wax and Resin, 24" x48"

Being the Elephant is part of a series titled, Being the Elephant. This painting is oil that's  3' x 3'. The colors are of the American Flag and black background is to translate African American culture. The elephant symbolizes power and prosperity. 

Being the Elephant is part of a series titled, Being the Elephant. This painting is oil that's  3' x 3'. The colors are of the American Flag and black background is to translate African American culture. The elephant symbolizes power and prosperity. 

Cerebrum, (sold)

Cerebrum, (sold)

Sunday Morning, (unavailable) Oil

Sunday Morning, (unavailable) Oil

Wanting II (sold)

Wanting II (sold)

Dreamer's Cycle is 4' x 4' and part of the Blue Series and sequel to Dreamer, It is the less angelic take of a day dream.    

Dreamer's Cycle is 4' x 4' and part of the Blue Series and sequel to Dreamer, It is the less angelic take of a day dream.

 

 

My Spring (Sold) was inspired by a flowering tree near my home. The oil painting is 3' x 4' of layers after layers of tiny flowers over a branch.     

My Spring (Sold) was inspired by a flowering tree near my home. The oil painting is 3' x 4' of layers after layers of tiny flowers over a branch. 

 

 

  Part of the Square Off Series, Window's colors are warm and bold. It's oil, 2.5' x 4'. 

 

Part of the Square Off Series, Window's colors are warm and bold. It's oil, 2.5' x 4'. 

Wanting is an oil painting with colors that reflects life and passion. It was part of the Square Off Series, Oil, 24: x 28"         

Wanting is an oil painting with colors that reflects life and passion. It was part of the Square Off Series, Oil, 24: x 28" 

 

 

 

 

Blue Mama is a 4' x 4' oil painting. It is part of the Blue Series and a loose portrait of my mother.       

Blue Mama is a 4' x 4' oil painting. It is part of the Blue Series and a loose portrait of my mother. 

 

 

 

Deepest is an oil painting that is 3' x 4' and part of the Square Off Series. It has an earthy feel and the juxtaposition of the red lines, white squares creates a passionate emotion.  

Deepest is an oil painting that is 3' x 4' and part of the Square Off Series. It has an earthy feel and the juxtaposition of the red lines, white squares creates a passionate emotion.

 

Truth, 48" x 48"

Truth, 48" x 48"

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Films