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Ruta's Bio:


My name is Ruta and I started drawing when I was in my early 20’s. When I got incarcerated back in 2002, I came in bitter and angry towards authority figures due to past experiences while growing up in L.A. As time went by and the years got shorter being in max custody/close custody for so long I needed to get into something to make time go by faster. So, I got back into drawing, and besides, music. Doing art is what kept me sane, not only in max & close but doing time, period. My artwork expresses my emotions when I’m frustrated.


March of 2020 will make 18 straight years for me of being incarcerated. Whenever I find myself getting angry or frustrated, I’d grab my pen and pencils and start going for broke on a piece of paper and whatever I’m feeling at the moment comes out on the paper.

Ruta 4268 - Art In Itself [Poster 12 x 16]

  • Thank you for purchasing and supporting our CARE Project artists. The purpose of the CARE Project is to help these talented artists market and sell their artwork so they can earn money for their transition back to their communities.

    When you purchase an art piece, after printing and fulfillment expenses, we pay the artist 60% of the proceeds, and 40% goes to the WorkNet CARE project so we can assist artists with reentry support services.

    We help our artists with services such as getting their ID documents, finding employment, housing, and other services they may need for a successful transition.

    Our artists come up with innovative ways of creating their art since they have limited access to art supplies. They may create their drawings on envelopes, and folders, or render their drawings on two pages. This is why you might see a line in the middle of their drawing.

    When the prison allows us, we can provide them with colored pencils or pens so they can draw. What you see in their drawings is a resilient artistic expression that emerges regardless of adversity.

  • This is an unmatted poster print. 

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