Maja Ruznic


Maja Ruznic was born in Bosnia & Hercegovina in 1983. She studied Psychology and Art at UC Berkeley and received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2009. Ruznic came to the United States as a refugee in 1992 and currently lives and works in San Francisco. Ruznic’s paintings, drawings and performances explore memory and how it shapes our understanding of reality. Ruznic has exhibited nationally as well as internationally and has shown her work at ArtTranspoder (Berlin), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Trailer Park Proyects (Puerto Rico), Michael Rosenthal Gallery (San Francisco), Hang Art Gallery (San Francisco) and AlterSpace (San Francisco). Her painting "The Mother of All Evil" was featured on the cover of New American Paintings in 2011 (Pacific Coast Section, Number 97).


  • BFA Univeristy of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2005
  • MFA California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2009


  • 2016

    • Soil As Witness, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco
    • The Wailing Sisters, CES Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2015

    • Yellow Throat Ribs, Galerie d’YS, Brussels, Belgium
    • Untitled, Candyland Gallery, Sweden
  • 2014

    • Like Little Miracles, They Shimmered, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2012

    • Messengers, Trailer Park Proyects, Puerto Rico


  • 2015

    • The Boogeyman Is Here, Maja Ruznic and Luz Maria Sanchez, She Works Flexible, Houston, TX
    • Lonely Hunters, Maja Ruznic and Ranee Henderson, Eastside International, Los Angeles
  • 2014

    • Refuge, Maja Ruznic and Nina Kluth, Born Gallery, Berlin, Germany
    • Among The Missing, Maja Ruznic and Joshua Hagler, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco
    • Tender Remains, Maja Ruznic and Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Bustamante Gallery, Los Angeles


  • 2016

    • Phantom Limb, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles
    • Werewolf, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles
    • Between Worlds, Arc Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2015

    • YIA Art Fair, Galerie d’Ys, Paris
    • Sincerely Yours, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
    • Painting Is Dead?!, Figure One, Champaign, IL
    • Angeles With Dirty Faces, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna Austria
  • 2014

    • “I” in their Own Words, Galeri G-Art, Istanbul, Turkey
    • Boundary Battle, organized by RedLine and on view at Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery, Denver, Colorado
    • Exquisite Corpse, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX
  • 2013

    • 3-person show with Martin Assig and Eleanor Moreton, Galerie Vidal St.Phalle, Paris, France
    • Four Squared Alumni Show, Arc Gallery, San Francisco
    • What The Mouth Sees, Alter Space, San Francisco
  • 2012

    • What’s Left Behind, Alter Space, San Francisco
    • Active, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2011

    • Figure 8, HANG Art Gallery, San Francisco
    • Cries of San Francisco, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco
    • Perfect Place/No Place: Re-Imagining Utopia, MicroClimate Collective, San Francisco
  • 2010

    • Dollhouse (Juried exhibition by Jack Fisher) Arc Gallery, San Francisco
    • Til Death Do Us Part, Heist Gallery, San Francisco
    • Borders, Rootdivision, San Francisco, CA
    • The American Orifice, arttransponder, Berlin, Germany
    • Works That Disturb The Moonlight, Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, CA
  • 2009

    • Summer Group Exhibition, Rod Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR
    • MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA


  • -2014 Dave Bown Projects - 9th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Steven Matijcio, Dominic Molon, Marina Pacini) Award of Excellence (Unrestricted monetary award)
  • -Featured Artist in JUXTAPOZ magazine, Septemeber 2014 issue
  • -Featured in New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Section No.109
  • -Featured in Studio Visit Magazine in 2013, volume 22, page 139
  • -Appeared on the cover of New American Paitings, Pacific Coast Setion No.97
  • -Voted as a “Noteworthy Artist” in 2011 by Anne Ellegood, senior curator of HAMMER Museum (Los Angeles)