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Vania Ruiz

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Viña del Mar, Chile
Curriculum Vitae

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 Artist Statement

Jewelry serves as a form of communication, not just with others but also with oneself. When we choose them, we envision who we want to be, empowering them in the process. My pieces aim to convey joy, lightness, and daring through butterflies: universal symbols of transformation, growth, and strength. For this exhibition, I've chosen to present two different techniques: hand-painted earrings layered with epoxy resin and sterling silver, inspired by the patterns and colors of various butterfly species worldwide. Additionally, fabric bracelets and a necklace employ sublimation techniques for image transfer. I fold and fix the fabric at certain points, transforming the flat surface into volumetric patterns with unexpected outcomes—a new, colorful, voluptuous, and lush nature. These pieces, specially crafted for this exhibition, mark a unique departure in my artistic journey.

Material Revelation Exhibit

Green Butterfly Earrings $115

Green Butterfly Earrings

Hand painted Epoxy resin and sterling silver
7.5cm x 3cm x 0.5cm
Red Butterfly Earrings$100

Red Butterfly Earrings

Hand painted Epoxy resin and sterling silver
5.5cm x 3cm x 0.5cm
Blue Butterfly Earrings$115

Blue Butterfly Earrings

Hand painted Epoxy resin and sterling silver
7cm x 3cm x 0.5cm
Dangling White Tatochila Wing Earrings$135

Dangling White Tatochila Wing Earrings

Hand painted Epoxy resin and sterling silver
6cm x 3cm x 0.5cm
Small Green Bird Wings$90

Small Green Bird Wings

Hand painted Epoxy resin and sterling silver
3.5cm x 3cm x 0.5cm
Blue Apollonia Wings Wrist Piece$220

Blue Apollonia Wings Wrist Piece

Fabric, plastic, silver
11cm x 11cm x 8cm
White Leuconoe Wings Wrist Piece$220

White Leuconoe Wings Wrist Piece

Fabric, plastic, silver
10cm x 10cm x 7cm
Blue Morpho Wings Neck Piece$700

Blue Morpho Wings Neck Piece

Fabric, plastic, silver, magnets
27cm x 24cm x 3cm


Born in Valparaíso, Chile and trained as an architect, I've always had a passion for crafting by hand. Jewelry unexpectedly became a medium for me to merge my childhood loves of storytelling, painting, and making. Since 2010, I've balanced my time between my brand CasaKiro Joy and my art jewelry, known under my name Vania Ruiz. After several years working as an architect in Chile, I transitioned into jewelry making. Despite a self-directed and fragmented jewelry education from specialized courses, I've achieved First Prize twice in the Biennial of Latin American Contemporary Jewelry in 2018 and 2021. My work has been showcased on the cover of Metalsmith magazine and displayed in prestigious venues like the SCAD Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, and New York MAD Museum. I take inspiration from nature to create bold pieces that stand out for their use of color, and exploration with synthetic materials.


Thank you to Hilliard Family Foundation Inc. for sponsoring Material Revelation


The Cabarrus Arts Council thanks

Mariam & Robert Hayes Charitable Trust
Atrium Health
Embassy Suites
Corning Incorporated
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Hilton Garden Inn
Independent Tribune
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Explore Cabarrus
Market Street Studios
Billy Harrison Revocable Trust for Charity
Cabarrus Brewing Company
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Impact Technologies
Publix Super Markets Charities
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