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Alberto Ruiz-Vela

 (1920 - 2016)
Alberto Ruiz-Vela was active/lived in Illinois, California / Mexico.  Alberto Ruiz Vela is known for easel and mural painting, cityscape, bull fights, landscape.

Alberto Ruiz-Vela

Biography from the Archives of askART

When he originally began his career Alberto Vela painted the bull fights every Sunday in Torreon Coahuila Mexico, and they would be published in the newspaper El Ciglo. He also painted murals in hotels and government buildings that still stand today.  He is considered one of Torreon’s accomplished artists and claim him as their own.
He searched for opportunities in Florida, Chicago Illinois, New York and finally Los Angeles, California. He preferred to live in small towns and lived in Chino, California with his wife Guillermina and three children Rosario, Gabriela, and Alberto. After raising his children, for a period of time, he moved back to Mexico, but returned to the USA three years later and lived in Cottonwood Arizona until his death.
He was a very versatile artist and is well known for his brilliant colors in subjects such as bullfights, landscapes, seascapes, westerns, still lives and murals using mostly acrylics and oils.  His technique changed throughout the years and his focus was placed painting westerns and desert scenes in oils applying layers of color in a technique created by him that made the colors seem transparent.

Written and submitted by Gabriela de La Rosa, daughter of the artist

Biography from ArtSanDiego
Alberto Ruiz Vela was born in 1920 in Mexico City, Mexico.  He studied art there at the Mexico Academy of Fine Arts.  He is known for his cityscapes, bull fight scenes, landscapes, and seascapes.  He painted in both oils and watercolors.

Ruiz Vela came to the United States in the early 20th Century and settled in the Los Angeles, California area.  He painted murals locally, and throughout the United States and Mexico. Ruiz Vela exhibited widely throughout California and Mexico.  His works are in collections worldwide.

Biography submitted November 2004 by Gary Stanley / ArtSanDiego

Artists' Biographical Information compiled by Martin Lowitz, Los Angeles, California

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About  Alberto Ruiz-Vela

Born:  1920 - Mexico City, Mexico
Died:   2016 - Cottonwood, Arizona
Known for:  easel and mural painting, cityscape, bull fights, landscape