Ruben Ulises Rodriguez Montoya


Ruben's lil monsters are a fantastic becoming that center around anthologies and social issues concerning;  border culture, abjection, and mestizaje. Aided by Magical Realism, Nahualismo, Sci-Fi, and the Labor of his family. His work hybridizes and creates parallels between; land, the human, and the animal as a way to investigate the process in which violence eradicates, erases, and erodes communities of color.


2020 - MFA, Sculpture + Extended Media, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 

2018 - BA in Spanish, New Mexico State University

2017- BA in Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Texas at El Paso


Solo Shows:

2022- James Webb and the Thestral Born Without a Vertebrate (forthcoming)

2021- Ex Situ Canis Latrans, Murmurs LA

2020 - Inside the Bowels of the Hoofed Beast, curated by Allegra LaViola, Sargent’s Duaghters, NYC

2019 - So U Thot it Was A Chupacabra Eating Ur Goat…Well Guess What Patricia, Its Actually Quetzalcoatl Come Down For Lunch, Richmond, VA

Selected Group Shows:

2022- group show, Sargents Daughters (forthcoming)

2022- The Shifting Sensorium, Ghebaly Gallery (forthcoming)

2022- Outburt, Palm Springs Museum of Art (forthcoming)

2022- group show, General Expenses, CDMX

2021 - Tom of Finland 101: Raw Anatomy, curated by Murmurs, LA

2021- were-:Nenetech Forms, Moca Tucson, curated by Laura Copelin, invitaiton by Timoh Fahler and rafa esparza, AZ

2021 - Her Kind, Sargent’s Daughters, curated by Allegra LaViola, NYC

2021 - 100 Sculptures, Anonymous Gallery, curated by Joseph Ian Henrikson, NYC

2021 -  Senses of Brown, Armory Access (online exhibition) curated by Cesar Garcia-Alvarez 

2021 - Land Chapters, Artist Field, curated by Estefania Puerta and Abbey Meaker, VT

2021 - Por Vida, Company Gallery, curated by Ken Castaneda, NYC  

2020 - NADA MIAMI, online art fair, curated by Sargent's Daughters, NYC

2020 - New Waves, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA

2019 - American Fine Arts, BBQLA, curated by Timoh Falher, CA, TX, OK, MO, MN

2018 - Pasado Manana, Commonwealth and Council, curated by Rafa Esparza and Beatriz Cortes, Los Angeles, CA

Artist Talks

2021- In person lecture, hosted by UCLA VALS

2021- In person lecture, invited by Timoh Fahler and rafa esparza, University of Arizona

2021 - In person lecture, invited by rafa esparza, hosted by BOFFO residency, Fire Island NY

2021- Zoom Artist Lecture, University of Washington, hosted by Rowen Foster

2021- Zoom Artist Lecture, Yale, hosted by Yale School of Painting

2020- Zoom Artist Lecture, MICA, hosted by Abigail Lucien

2020- Zoom Artist Lecture,  Carnegie Mellon University, hosted by Paul Esposito


2022- Practicum, Calarts, LA

2019 -Teaching Assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University Spring 2019, Richmond, VA

2018 -Teaching Assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University Fall 2018, Richmond, VA


AIR- MOCA Tucson

Cabra-Gamma Galeria 

Outburst- Palm Springs Museum of Art 


2022- VAS

2021- CARLA

2021- artnet

2021- Art Papers


2021 -  Graphite XII

2020 -

2020 - artforum

2020 - artishockrevista

2019 -closedistance


2019 - P. F Miller Graduate Scholarship in sculpture. VCU, Richmond, VA (2019)

2019 - Clopton Scholarship nominee. VCU, Richmond, VA (2019)

2019 - Graduate Research Grant. VCU, Richmond, VA (2019)