Max Ruf

By adopting the trope of the journeying plein-air artist, Max Ruf articulates his movements and displacement through different natural environments to merge together the pressures of site with the material plasticity of paint. In this way, his paintings, objects and video works question whether to be understood as the backlog of a performative and enduring event or as the expression of our desire to reify our visual and sensorial experience. His gestural approach to the canvas is resonant with his movements correspondence to a moving landscape that is both natural and artificial as well as physical and symbolic.

Works from this artist






  • Untitled (two concentric circles, top, bottom, blue, green, yellow, red)

    Max Ruf

  • Untitled (four yellow rectangles, green field, white field, red in between)

    Max Ruf


Max Ruf was born in Germany in 1982. He now lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Lisbon, Portugal.


Ruf studied at the University of Applied Sciences (Trier), the School of Art and Design (Lucerne) and received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art (London) in 2013.


His work has been featured in exhibitions at Super Super Markt (Berlin), The Wig (Berlin), Die Treppe (Basel), Fuhrwerkswaage (Cologne), Kunsthalle Freeport (Porto), UNION PACIFIC (London), Arp Museum (Bonn), Forde (Geneva), Albert Baronian (Brussels), CSA (Vancouver), ICA Institute of Contemporary Art (London) and the Liverpool Biennial.


  • Homestory

    Gina Fischli, Talisa Lallai, Jeewi Lee, Oliver Osborne, Max Ruf

    November 24, 2022 – January 22, 2023

    Friends Space, Berlin