Ruben Ochoa

Born in Oceanside, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles
MFA, University of California, Irvine
BFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
Parsons School of Art and Design, New York

Solo Exhibitions

“Sampled and Surveyed,” Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA (link)
"Triping the Light Fantastick," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
“Ruben Ochoa: watching, waiting, commiserating,” Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA (link)
"MATRIX 169: Ruben Ochoa, 'Cloudless Day,'" The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT (link)
"Dislocated Masses," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
"Cores and Cutouts", Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
"Crooked Under the Weight," Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Collapsed, Peter Blum, Soho, New York, NY
three the hard way, Peter Blum Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
Fall of the Wall [paper], Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Berlin, Germany
A Recurring Amalgamation, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Clastic Rupture, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Extracted, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA
Freeway wall next to a, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Borrowed Ladders, ESL Ι Esthetics as a Second Language, Los Angeles, CA
Greyscale, Voz Alta Projects, San Diego, CA

Two and Three Person Exhibitions

"Forty and Nine," 49 South Van Ness Forum Sculpture Public Art Project, San Francisco, CA
"Duet: Ruben Ochoa and B.J. Vogt", Duet St. Louis, MO, curated by Daniel McGrath
Beta-Space: Kevin Appel and Ruben Ochoa, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
ArtBasel Miami, two person presentation with Tam Van Tran, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects Booth
Swap, collaboration with Mark Bradford, LACMA: On-Site, Charles White Elementary Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Storage, collaboration with Marco Rios, 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Embryonic Loop, collaboration with Marco Rios, LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA
Caltransposed with Peter Tavera, Gallery 727, Los Angeles, CA
Rigor Motors, collaboration with Marco Rios, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA, CA
Projects by Ruben Ochoa and Michael Queenland, The Project, Los Angeles (curated by Lauri Firstenberg)

Group Exhibitions

"Common Bonds: Artists and Architects on Community," Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (link)
"The Sorcerer’s Burden," The Contemporary Austin, Texas
"Maker Faire San Diego," San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
“Vantage,” Finishing Concepts, Los Angeles, CA
“Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography,” Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC (link)
“Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Space,” Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
"Artworks for Change," Online Exhibition (link)
"Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now," Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; travelled to the Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Nasher XCHANGE: 10+ Celebration, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, curated by Jeremy Strick
"Reverberations," Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA
"Hook, Line and Sinker: Contemporary Drawings from the Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl", Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Haubrok Collection - No Desaster, Sammlung Falckenberg, Harburg, Germany
The Very Large Array: San Diego/Tijuana Artists in the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown, Jacobs Building, San Diego, CA
my.LA, haubrokshows, Sammlung-Haubrok, Berlin, Germany
Greater LA, curated by Benjamin Godsill, Eleaonor Cayre and Joel Mesler, New York, NY
The Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice , Italy
Summer Group Show, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA
The Artists Museum: Los Angeles Artists 1980-2010, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Future Generation Art Prize, PinchukArtCenter, Kiev, Ukraine
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
Between Here and There: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection, Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Invisible City, Instituto Cervantes, Madrid, Spain (Curated by Kris Kuramitsu and Christopher Miles) traveling to: Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi, India; Instituto Cervantes, Berlin, Germany; Instituto Cervantes, Tokyo, Japan
Counter Intelligence, Luckman Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Collectors XXIV, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Dibujar es Pensar Proyecto Magenta, Monterrey, Nuevo Len, Mexico
Its All About Sculpture, Haubrok Foundation, Berlin, Germany
From and About Place: Art from Los Angeles, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel, Curated by Alma Ruiz (catalogue)
In the Round: The 90th Anniversary of OTIS College of Art & Design, Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Puerto Vallarta Arte Contemporneo 08, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (organized by Pilar Perez)
WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Phantom Sightings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (curated by Rita Gonzalez,Howard Fox and Chon Noriega) travelling to: Tamayo Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico; Mexico Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX; Museum Alamdea, San Antonio, TX; El Museo del Barrio / Americas Society, New York, NY; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico
Multifaceted Lens, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN
Performance Z-A, 25th Anniversary for the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY
Viva Mexico! Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland, curated by Magda Kardasz, traveling to BWA Wrocław Contemporary Art Gallery, Wrocław, Poland.
Latitude, Artcore, Los Angeles (organized by Pilar Tompkins)
Range, d.e.n Gallery, Los Angeles (curated by Kristi Lippire)
Mexicali Biennial, La Casa de la Tia Tina, Mexicali, Mexico
The Newsstand Project, newsstands throughout Los Angeles (organized by Dan Bayles)
Agent Once, Acuna-Hansen, Los Angeles (organized by Jason Keller)
25 Bold Moves: Emerging Artists Exhibit, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA
An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life, REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Happenstance, Harris-Lieberman Gallery, New York (curated by Lauri Firstenberg)
Drive by and relax, UPSPACE, Los Angeles (curated by Chris Sicat)
Borderless Dreams, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
Drive Time, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Empire.Style, ART2102, Boyle Heights, CA (curated by Peter Zellner)
passerby, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA (curated by Cassandra Cobelentz)
FREEWAVES_Inter-State: Video on a Go, REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles, CA
2004 California Biennial, Arist-in-residence, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Land of the Free: Americana, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA (curated by Tyler Stallings)
Picarte! Photography Beyond Representation, Heard Museum, Phoeniz, AZ
Recess, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles (curated by Brienne Arrington and Dan Bayles)
Happy Beautiful Desirable, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA
Better Look Twice, Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Whacked, Los Angeles (curated by John Souza)

Other Projects

Fwy Wall Extraction, 10 fwy eastbound below Soto St and Marengo Blvd intersection, Los Angeles (produced by Creative Capital Foundation)
Disrup, LA><ART Billboard Project, La Cienega Blvd between Venice and Washington, Los Angeles
aint that revolutionary, LA><ART Billboard Project, corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA (in conjunction with the exhibition An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life, REDCAT, Los Angeles)
CLASS: C, mobile artist space featuring over 75 artists, curators, and collaborators throughout Southern California

Grants and Awards

California Community Foundation, Getty Fellow, Mid-Career Artist (link)
Future Generation Art Prize Nomination, Victor Pinchuk Foundation
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) Investing in Artist Grant
Rockefeller Fellowship: New Media
International Studio and Curatorial Program Residency (ISCP-NYC), August-November 2007
Creative Capital Foundation: Visual Arts Grant
Nimoy Foundation, California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art: Artist-in-Residence
California Community Foundation: Emerging Artist Fellowship
The Durfee Foundation: Artists Resource for Completion Grant
University of California Institutional Research Award (UCIRA)


Associate Professor of Practice, USC Roski School of Art an Design

Selected Press

Shimi Roth, Minhae. "Locust Projects Turns 20: Remembering Its Most Memorable Exhibits," Miami New Times, December 4 (link)
Safari, Ida, “Ruben Ochoa at Art + Practice,” Artillery, January 2 (link)
Shang, Danielle, “Collectors of Color on the Importance of Supporting Under-Recognized Artists,” Hyperallergic (web), November 28 (link)
Zellen, Jody, “Ruben Ochoa at Art + Practice,” Art and Cake (web), October 7 (link)
Goldberg, Vicki, “Mean Streets, Kind Cameras,” New York Times, July 28 (link)
Jacobson, Louis, “At the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, a Fresh Look at Urban Photography,” Washington City Paper (web), July 21
Miranda, Carolina, “Last chance to see Ruben Ochoa’s latest twist on his urban landscape obsession: Giving rust new life,” Los Angeles Times (web), April 13 (link)
Wilcox, Larry, “Ruben Ochoa at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects,” ArtReview, Summer (link)
Buscemi, Lauren, “Report: San Diego,” art ltd., August
Peterson, Karla, “Test Drive: Night at the museum,” The San Diego Union-Tribune (web), November 19
Knight, Christopher, Review: Apparitions at the Hammer explores low-tech art in a high-tech world, Los Angeles Times, February 13 (link)
Hickson, Patricia, "Nothing But Blue Skies," brochure for "Ruben Ochoa: Matrix 169, 'Cloudless Day,'" published by Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
"Best Bets: June 2014," Hartford Magazine, June (link)
Smith, Anna M., "Nasher XChange: Ruben Ochoa," exhibition catalog to "Nasher XChange", published by The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
Ruben Ochoa: Flock in Space, Trinity River Audubon Center, Exhibition Pamphlet for Nasher XCHANGE: 10 Years, 10 Artists, 10 Sites, Dallas: Nasher Sculpture Center, October
Nasher Sculpture Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary, CBS Dallas-Forth Worth, October 18
Herren, Michael, "7 LA Artists to Watch," LA Confidential, October
100 Best Fall Shows, Modern Painters, September
Nasher Sculpture Center launches ambitious project to turn all of North Texas into an outdoor museum, Dallas Voice, August 23
Bentley, Alex, Nasher Sculpture Center unveils plans for first Nasher Xchange sculpture at Trinity River Audubon Center, Culture Map Dallas, June 14
Einspruch, Franklin, Ruben Ochoa, Art in America, March 8
Boehm, Mike, New art prize nets winner $100,000 from billionare collector Victor Pinchuk, The Los Angeles Times, December 10 (link)
Burge, Russell, Critics Pick: Ruben Ochoa,, May
Pincus, Robert L., Echoes of Duchamp at the MCASD, San Diego Union Tribune, April 11
Johnson, Ken, Art Review: Phantom Sightings, The New York Times,
Myers, Holly, Ruben Ochoa: In a construction zone, Los Angeles Times, March 7
Adlmann, Jan Ernst, Santa Fe, Art In America, December
Momin, Shamim, Ruben Ochoa essay in Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculptures and Installation, Phaidon Press
Art & Space: Ruben Ochoa, BOB International Magazine of Space Design, Issue #062, Fall
Davis, Kathryn M., Santa Fe, Art Ltd., July
Cotter, Holland, Ruben Ochoa: Collapsed, the New York Times, July 17
Fairfield, Douglas, Art In Review, Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, July 10
Fischer, Zane, Pssst! Hey, Mom: SITE has an art exhibition that mothers (and others) will love, Santa Fe Reporter, July 8
Tobin, Richard, Critical Reflections: Ruben Ochoa/ Crooked Under the Weight, THE Magazine, July 2009
Weideman, Paul, Four Off the Floor, the New Mexican Pasatiempo, June 26
Exhibitions: Ruben Ochoa, SITE magazine, Summer
Dault, Julia, Critics Pick: New York, Ruben Ochoa at Peter Blum, Artforum, May
Galleries-Downtown: Ruben Ochoa, The New Yorker, April 13
Saltz, Jerry, This Road Goes Somewhere, New York Magazine, April 6
Von Taube, Annika, Los Angeles, Sleek Magazine, Winter
Place, Vanessa, Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement, X-Tra Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 2, Winter
Chang, Richard, A Broader Biennial, Orange County Register, October 26
Chang, Richard, California Biennial reaches beyond the Golden State, The Arts Blog,, October 24
Young, Paul, The Radar Art, Angeleno, October
Ruiz, Alma, Interview with Ruben Ochoa, From and About Place: Art from Los Angeles, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, September - November
Kotz, Liz, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, Modern Painters, September
Guha, Rohin, Ruben Ochoa @ LAMCA,, August 7
Dambrot, Shana, Report: New York City, The Ghost of Jason Rhoades, Art Ltd, July
Ezrha Jean, LAs Cultural art (r)evolution, Artillery, July/August
Danto, Arthur C., Unlovable, The Nation, May 26
Bryan-Wilson, Julia, Review: Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement, Art Forum, Summer
Johnson, Reed, Puerto Vallartas Not Just for Tourists, its for Artists too, Los Angeles Times, June 4
Guggenheim Fellows of 2008, Art In America, June/July
Canning, Susan, Whitney Biennial: New York, Art Papers, May
Machida, Nico, Interview with Ruben Ochoa, ArtSlant, May 19
Dabkowski, Colin, New at the Knox, The Buffalo News, May 11
Vikram, Anuradha, The LA Annual, Artillery, May/June
Gleason, Mat, Beyond Expectations: How Phantom Sightings Defeats Clich, ArtScene, May 1
Miles, Christopher, LACMA East: Phantom Sightings Chronicles the Rise of Post-Chicanoism, LA Weekly, April 30
Chang, R, O.C. Museum of Art hires guest curator for biennial, The Arts Blog,, February 11
Lacavo, Richard, The Simple Life, Time, March 13
Cohn, Marilyn, The Big Apple: Whitney Biennial, For Your Art, March 13
Schuker, Lauren A.E., The Fine Art of Less, The Wall Street Journal, March 7
Dalton, Trinie, 2008 Biennial Exhibition Catalogue, The Whitney Museum of American Art, March
Dockary, Sean and Hugo Hopping. Social Studies: An Art and Social Engagement, X-TRA Contemporary
Art Quarterly, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring
MJ, Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Transparenz durch Trugbilder,, January 16
Gonzalez, Rita, Howard N. Fox, and Chan A. Noriega, Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement LACMA Publications, March
Viva Mexico, (Exhibition Catalogue), Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa
Paterson, Carrie, Ruben Ochoa: A Recurring Amalgamation, Art Circles, Issue #5, Fall
Vogel, Carol, Whitney Biennial Stretches to Armory, New York Times, November 16
Artists Announced for 2008 Whitney Biennial,, November 16
Campagnola, Sonia, Live from Los Angeles, Flash Art, November/December
Gray, Emma, L.A. Confidential, artnet, October 12
Continuing and Recommended: Ruben Ochoas A Recurring Amalgamation at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Art Scene, October
Mizota, Sharon, Ruben Ochoa: A Recurring Amalgamation at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects,, September 22
Gray, Emma, Emma Grays Top 10 Shows in Los Angeles this Month, Daily Magazine, Saatchi Online, September
Myers, Holly, When nature and urban life conflict, Los Angeles Times, September 14
Becker, Jack; Slade, George, Multifaceted Lens: Photography and Public Art, Public Art Review, Spring/Summer
Freeman, Tommy, The Trans-Aestheticization of Daily Life at the Sweeney Art Gallery, Artweek, May
Allsop, Laura; Alizarin Harvey, Polly; Lawley, Alanna, Consumed, ArtReview, June, p. 42
Szupinska, Joanna, Ruben Ochoa, Artillery, Volume 1, No. 4, March
Westerbeck, Colin, Photo Synthesis: Fwy Wall Extraction, West Magazine, Los Angeles Times, December 24
Kim, Clara, Ruben Ochoa: Extracted, Contemporary, Issue 88, p.73
West, Kevin, The Van Man, WWDscoop, September, p. 60
Myers, Holly, Freeways connect and divide, Los Angeles Times, September 15, p. E22
Gray, Emma, L.A. Confidential, Artnet, October 13
Satorius, Katherine, Ruben Ochoa at LA><ART, Artweek, November, p. 17
Campagnola, Sonia, Focus Los Angeles: A Survey of Contemporary Los Angeles Art, Flash Art, January/February, page 73
Finkel, Jori, Recipe for Revolution: Take 11,000 Photos, New York Times, January 29, section 2-32
Isenberg, Barbara, Otis College of Art and Design: The First 88 Years, Otis: Nine Decades of Art (catalogue), p. 14
Pollack, Barbara, Happenstance, Time Out New York, Issue 536, January
Gonzalez, Rita, Strangeways Here We Come, Recent Pasts: Art in Southern California from the 90s to Now, published by jrp ringier
Cotter, Holland, Happenstance, New York Times, December 30, p. B37
Willis, Holly, State of the Art: A Field Guide from Acken to Zittel, LA Weekly, October 28, p. 52
Tumlir, Jan, California Biennial, Artforum, February, p. 168
Pincus, Robert L., Turning in to the O.C.: Biennial belly laughs, The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 7
Knight, Christopher, Biennial arrives, and so does a museum, Los Angeles Times, October 13, p. E1, E7
Armstrong, Elizabeth and Hofman, Irene, The Big Sweep: Paradox in Paradise, California Biennial (catalogue), Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, p. 12-21, 92-95
Cavallo Collins, Gina, Through the Lens Violently, Phoenix New Times, January 15
Contreras, V. Wade, CLASS C: Ruben Ochoa Rolls Over Artistic Barriers, September

Public Collections

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA
Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, CA
UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY