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About the Artist

Rulin Ma is a visual artist based in Seattle. Her works explore the fluidity and paradoxes inherent in the ongoing process of reconstructing identity, language, and perception, particularly in the context of migration and cultural displacement. Drawing inspiration from her experiences as an immigrant and contemporary social issues, Rulin creates dynamic and expressive abstract paintings that blend a variety of materials and techniques.

Rulin's work is a fusion of abstraction, handwriting, and collage, with mixed media that includes acrylic paint, fabric, ink, rice paper, photographs, and found objects. Her vibrant 2D and 3D pieces engage the viewer and inspire reflection, creating a space for contemplation and dialogue.


2021   BFA, Painting and Drawing, California College of the Arts, CA

Solo Exhibition

2022   Echo, Seattle Restored Storefront, Seattle, WA

2021   Body Memory, Roll Up Project, Oakland, CA
2019   Ordinary Things, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibition

2023   June 1st Thursday Open Studio Group Show, The Good Arts Building,       

           Seattle, WA

2022    Holiday Group Show, Base Camp Studios, Seattle, WA

2022    Turn it Up to Eleven, The Good Arts Building, Seattle, WA

2021   The Contemporary: Globalization in Contemporary Art 2021, VR exhibition

2021   Looking Back, Looking Forward: Art in Response to Covid-19, One Year Later, California College of the Arts Library, San Francisco, CA

2020   The Virgin Forest, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2020   Borders and Migration, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Awards/ Residencies
2024   Rockland Woods Winter Residency, Bremerton, WA

2023   Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Artist Residency, Nebraska City, NE
2020   All-College Honors 2020 Ralls Painting Scholarship, San Francisco, CA
2020   Anderson Ranch Arts Center Scholarship, Snowmass Village, CO

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