Raul R. Ruiz
Raul Ruiz, the man known as the “Sheep Shearing Artist of West Texas” for over 30 years now, was born in Tom Green County, November 3, 1959 to Daniel and Clara Ruiz. As a child, Raul began to show a strong artistic talent that has followed him from his school day to the present. As a native of Eola, Raul seemed to be granted the serenity and seclusion of a small town. As a teenager, close to his 20’s, Raul labored as a sheep sheerer in the family business prior to the onset of his career as an artist.
In the mid 70’s Raul began an apprenticeship with the late Dwight C. Holmes, a nationally recognized and renowned artist and sculptor who was a member of a generation of well-known artists. Holmes apprenticed with the Taos painters and painted with Porfirio Salina and Robert Wood in the 1900’s. Mr. Holmes led Raul into the same mediums of art teaching, passing on a generation of celebrated talent. After nine years of study, Raul’s apprenticeship ended with the passing of the great artist, his friend and mentor. Raul has painted some of the most beautiful landscapes in Texas and some of the most recognized sculptures in the State.
The Panhandle Plaines Historical Museum in Canyon Texas has also been one of the many sources eager to present Raul’s work. A number of West Texas banks have collected Ruiz’s work such as:
The Bank & Trust, San Angelo, Texas
The First National Bank of Mertzon, San Angelo, Texas
First Financial Bank of Mertzon, San Angelo, Texas
Sonora Bank (Both Branches), San Angelo, Texas
The First State Bank of Paint Rock, Paint Rock, Texas
The First State Bank of Rankin, Rankin, Texas
Eden State Bank, Eden, Texas
…as well as other private collectors and businesses.
Raul’s work has caught the eye of many and has been recognized on several occasions including being chosen as Latino West Texas Artist for the month of March 2017, through Univision Spanish Television. Ruiz has also been selected to participate in painting an ornament for the Christmas tree at the Texas Capital, under Representative Drew Darby-District 72.
Shannon Clinic Harris in San Angelo Texas owns several paintings as a part of their permanent collection. Commissions are in homes and businesses from Texas to Australia.
Raul continues his passion as an artist and sculptor, while managing his studio & gallery in San Angelo, Texas.