Hope, Rebellion & Justice (2020)

Darien Chandler Lead the People - Hope Rebellion and Justice - Tito Ruiz - Exhibit 2020 - CEPA Gallery - Buffalo NY © 2020 Tito Ruiz

The debut solo exhibit by artist Tito Ruiz features striking portraits, emotional action shots, and powerful street photography celebrating the intersectional fight for justice in WNY.

Ruiz, a Buffalo State College graduate, has a background in editorial writing/photography and media consulting. He lived in NYC and LA before moving back to Buffalo several years ago, and was first involved with CEPA Gallery through their award-winning community education programs. Emerging in only the gallery sense, Ruiz’s art focuses on the use of visual imagery in advocacy.

As part of CEPA Gallery’s emerging artist program, Ruiz was able to produce 30+ large prints for his first solo exhibition, all of which will be available for purchase when the show closes on August 31, 2020.

CEPA Gallery also provided Ruiz with guidance, curation and installation, along with a small stipend, made possible through the generous support of the Joy of Giving Something, the Golden and Goldman Fund, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

Exhibit Location

CEPA Gallery
FLUX Gallery
617 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Exhibit Dates

Saturday, August 8, 2020
Monday, August 31, 2020

Free to the public

Exhibit Times

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Artist’s Statement for Hope, Rebellion & Justice

Hope, Rebellion & Justice

By Tito Ruiz

Ruiz says that he is influenced by Gordon Parks (1912-2006):

“The camera was Parks ‘weapon of choice’ in the fight against systemic racism, poverty, and injustice. And it’s important for me to do the same.”

In Hope, Rebellion & Justice, Ruiz does just that—creating alternative narratives to the portrayals of protesters by mainstream media.

Images for Hope, Rebellion & Justice

FLUX Gallery

All photos © 2020 Tito Ruiz. All rights reserved.

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