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Acrylic on stretched canvas
original 6 ft ht x 3 ft w
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From a series of works regarding “the masking” people use daily, especially women, and many men as well as the media forces most to feel as though they are not “good enough” naturally………..
The woman looking down at her mask is thinking “Do I really want to wear this one today? and why?”
Published in “On The Issues” magazine NYC fall 2009 here

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carnival, masks, people, surrealism

Helene Ruiz was born January 15, 1958 in New York City. She has exhibited and curated numerous shows and is the founder of The Urban Individualists, an international artists collective.

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  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...over 5 years ago

    Festive and great design and composition

  • thnx paul

    – helene ruiz

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 5 years ago

    Wow….wow…all these masks and I love every one of them….gorgeous work. Intense and intimate.

  • i did these paintings in 2006 along with walking amongst the phonies(here on my folio also) worked on them running in circles and turning the canvases while listening to music, i just let the brush and color come from the music….they are very long 6ft and very narrow 3 feet wide….

    – helene ruiz

  • Astoreth
    Astorethover 5 years ago

    Wonderful Helene. I’ve gotta fave this because it has special significance to me! xx

  • thank u so much!

    – helene ruiz

  • Casey Herman
    Casey Hermanover 5 years ago

    I find your story intriguing … and I really like the textures here! I love this painting, Helene!

  • thank u casey!

    – helene ruiz

  • Alberto D'Assumpcao
    Alberto D'Assu...over 5 years ago

    Splendid composition, Helene!!! The intensity of colours is really amazing!!!

  • thx!

    – helene ruiz

  • mmargot
    mmargotover 5 years ago

    Layers of masks = no wonder the color is so deep!
    A terrible thought, but so true and and dangerous for the naive among us…

  • yes we are surrounded by people wearing masks everyday arent we

    – helene ruiz

  • Pinkham
    Pinkhamover 5 years ago

    I love this…fits together well. The difference between this and “Know Your Friends” is night and day, yet it seems to be the same message.

  • lol..yes…same message.. different use of symbols

    – helene ruiz

  • flower429
    flower429over 5 years ago

    Very festive and carnival looking. Makes me want to dance and drink wine.

  • u have wine i’ll have a vodka n cranberry….smiles

    – helene ruiz

  • bev langby
    bev langbyover 5 years ago

    Wow Helene love this series and i will have a lychee martini lol

  • cheers!

    – helene ruiz

  • flower429
    flower429over 5 years ago

    Vodka & Cranberry? uummmmmmmmmmm
    I certaily remember that (lol). Heck that’s much better than wine (lol)

  • lol

    – helene ruiz

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