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David Ruff was born in the Bronx in 1925.
He was a painter, graphic designer, printer, poet and intellectual, often associated with American abstract expressionism, but hard to place
in a specific artistic current.
He was a lover of nature,
“a golden leaf, a pebble, a crack in a wall,
a snail, the shape of the fields ...”
and created form, such as poetry, literature,
music and visual arts).
In 1950 he moved to San Francisco, where he founded a graphic atelier, The Print Workshop, producing works destined to become founding
texts of American avant-garde poetry.
He took part in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and volunteered for the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1965.
He has lived in many places such as
Woodstock NY (where he built his studio),
Washington DC, New York City, Amsterdam
and he spent the last thirty-six years
of his life in Piedmont.
His personal exhibitions have been held
in many cities all around USA and Italy:
San Francisco, New York, Woodstock, Turin, Milan, Naples and other Italian cities.
He died in Turin in June 2007.
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