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KX2: Ruth Avra & Dana Kleinman

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Our work has always been riddled with a balance between dualities and connections, indicative of our relationship as two individuals, artists and sisters. Metal and painting come together as two separate disciplines referencing binaries including hard vs. soft, male vs. female, smooth vs. texture, manmade vs. nature, and 2D vs. 3D. Yet mathematical constructs tie each piece together as a whole. 


Perhaps it was blood, or simply a similar upbringing, that eventually led to the coming together of aesthetics. Whether arranged in group installations or solo pieces, each work involves a sense of rhythm and mathematics. Not only does this reflect nature in its patterns, but it also ties us together as sisters, undeniably influenced by a mathematician father and a scientist mother.

From a distance, our work looks sleek and high contrast with hyper-pigmented painting and shiny metal. Yet, up close the viewer is struck by textural multilayered paintings inspired by natural surfaces. By undermining the minimalist first impression the work brings a sense of wonder and discovery to the viewer the more time they spend. Multiple panels that shift in depth off the wall talk about boundaries and disparate parts, with geometry and color tying the pieces together and creating connection.

We tackle various themes through our different series, however the common thread is always connection and balance. We are focused on the solution, not simply illustrating the problem. Our latest exploration in arcs, curves and full ellipses furthers our manipulation of the rigid lines of metal. Playing with soft textures and bright colors, this 'feminizing' of the aluminum wall sculpture pieces takes underlying meanings to the next level.

Whether working large scale in aluminum or small scale in sterling silver, the process is quite similar. Shapes and lines are cut into sheets of metal, after which the metal is bent into an open backed box construction. It is then welded or soldered in corners and hand worked to create unique textures. Seen through the negative space in the metal, mounted from behind, oil on canvas is layered to create impressions that get more intricate the closer the viewer gets. The entire presentation and contrast of metal and painting is striking from a distance, as well as detailed and engaging up close.

We are environmentally conscious of our material choices, using up to 50% recycled aluminum and recycled canvas.

The artist/sister collaboration combines the strengths of Dana Kleinman, born 1974 (Boston) and Ruth Avra Kleinman born 1979 (Washington DC). The work was swiftly put into the public eye with an invitation to represent the United States at the 2008 Beijing Biennale at the National Museum of China, running in conjunction with the Summer Olympics. Since 2007, their work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries across the United States and abroad.




Spring-Summer Exhibitions:


CICA Museum, Korea. 

Whitewall Contemporary "Water". Delray Beach, FL 

Market Art + Design Hamptons 7/5-8, Bridgehampton Museum, NY

MAC Fine Art, Ft Lauderdale and Jupiter, FL

Dana and Ruth exhibited independently prior to collaborating in 2008 and individual resumes are available upon request.







2002 University of New Mexico MFA in Painting. Albuquerque, NM.
1997 Carnegie Mellon University BFA in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking with an additional major in interdisciplinary History and Anthropology. Pittsburgh, PA. Phi Beta Kappa, Carnegie Tradition Scholar. 







2001 University of Wisconsin BS in Art, Art Metal Concentration.Madison, WI.
1999 Syracuse University, Scholarship Grant for semester abroad in Florence, Italy








SOLO and 2 Person Exhibitions :: Ruth Avra + Dana Kleinman

2016   Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT. Two person show

2015   Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA. Two person show

2014   Exhibit / 208, "Full Circle" , Albuquerque, New Mexico. Solo show

           El Monte Sagrado, “Land Lines”, Taos, NM. Solo show

2013   ART Santa Fe, New Mexico. Solo exhibition booth

2012   Lanoue Fine Art, Two person show with Dirk De Bruycker. Boston, MA

2011   Dacia Gallery, "Vanishing Point", New York City. Solo show

           Trend Showroom. Miami, Florida. Solo show


2010   Jonathan Abrams MD Art Gallery "Intersections", UNM Hospital. New Mexico. Solo show

           Causey Contemporary, "VECTOR|vector", Brooklyn, New York. Solo Show

2009   Las Cruces Museum of Art. "Crescendo", Las Cruces, New Mexico. Solo Show

2008   Richard Shack Gallery, Art Center/South Florida. "K x 2 =ART", Miami Beach, FL. Solo show






Select GROUP Exhibitions :: Ruth Avra + Dana Kleinman

2019  (upcoming) Market Art + Design Hamptons, NY

         Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL

         Art Fort Lauderdale Art Fair

         Art Palm Springs Art Fair, Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery

         Whitewall Contemporary, "WATER", Delray Beach FL
         Art and Culture Center, Hollywood FL
        CICA Museum, South Korea


2018   SOFA Art Fair. Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery, Chicago

           Monmouth Art Museum. Lincroft, NJ

           Amy Simon Fine Art. Westport, CT


           Whitewall Contemporary, "W H I T E", Delray Beach FL

           Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery, Art Palm Springs Art Fair

           Art Fort Lauderdale Art Fair

           Art and Culture Center, "Exposed" , Hollywood FL

2017-18 Art and Culture Center, "Mottos" curated by Laura Marsh. Hollywood, FL

            Lanoue Gallery. December Group Show. Boston, MA

2017    Islip Art Museum, "Duality", East Islip, NY

            Sandra Phillips Gallery, "De/Constructing Landscape", Denver, O


            Exhibit 208, "Tondo", Albuquerque, NM

2016    SCOPE Miami, Arte Ponte. Miami Beach, FL

            Lanoue Gallery. Boston, MA

            Museum of the Golden Ratio, Featured Artist March 2016,
            Kaller Fine Arts, Washington DC. 
            Downtown Contemporary, “Heavy Metal”. Albuquerque, NM

2015    Nan Miller Gallery, “Abstract Views”, Rochester, NY

            Exhibit 208, “s(and): an introduction”, Albuquerque, NM
            ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH

2014    Sandra Phillips Gallery, “ID Series”,  Denver, CO 

            Downtown Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM
            “The Shape of Things: New Sculpture”, 
            collection curated by Saatchi Gallery Director, Rebecca Wilson on Saatchi Art (online exhibition)

2013-14 Dacia Gallery ,“Black and White”,  New York, NY

            Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA

            Exhibit/208 , “Wrap It Up”, Albuquerque, NM


2013    Dacia Gallery/European House of Arts, Mazieres-de-Touraine, France; Erfurt, Germany; Sibiu,                     Romania

            Galerija Dora, “Spiral Channel--To Earth with Love” curated by Vlado Franjevic, Slovenia

            Oeno Gallery, “6 Impossible Things” and Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Ontario, Canada

            Pippin Gallery ,“Artgraze”. Santa Fe, NM


            VAM Art Inc. “Continuum”,  New Jersey

            Harper College , “Small Works”, Palatine, IL

            Sandra Phillips Gallery , “Spring Rendezvous”, Denver, CO 

2011    Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Art Center,  "Supersize: Bigger is Better?". Solomons Island, MD

            Munoz Waxman Gallery, "18 Days", Santa Fe, New Mexico

            SCA Contemporary, "The Sublime, The Beautiful, and The Picturesque", Albuquerque, New Mexico


2010    Albuquerque Museum of Art, "Miniatures and More" , New Mexico

            Kaller Fine Arts, Bethesda, MD

            Edward Hopper House, "Small Matters of Great Importance", curated by Clare Bell.  New York.

            BWAC Gallery, "Wide Open" , New York. curated by Nicholas Baume, Ann Strauss, and Mark                       Hughes 

2009    Aakriti Art Gallery, "Gen Next IV" Kolkata, India

            Lurie-Kavachnina Gallery, "Art of Deception", Miami , FL

            Studio B. Hollywood, FL

2008    Fort Collins Museum of Art, Rocky Mountain Biennial, Fort Collins, Colorado

            National Museum of Art, Beijing Biennale,  Beijing, China

            Gallery Plan b, Washington DC

            Agora Gallery, 23rd Chelsea International Fine Art Exhibition, New York City, curated by Manon                   Slome 

2007    Artformz Gallery. Miami, FL

            Lurie Gallery. Beverly Hills, CA




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