Ruby Swinney


Ruby Swinney (b. 1992) graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts in 2015.

Working primarily with oil on tracing paper, and oil on silk, her work seems to step into a parallel world, where strange figures inhabit timeless landscapes. Her paintings evoke our present uncertainties, and our yearning for a vanishing natural world that is growing darker and unfamiliar.

Ruby Swinney’s work forms part of various local private and public collections, including the Zeitz MOCAA collection

Ruby currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Hold Still - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2018 Human Nature, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
2017 Ignis Fatuus - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Let's Talk About Nature, AKINCI Gallery, Amsterdam
Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town
2017 Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town
2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg
Arcadia, SMITH Studio, Cape Town
Nothing Personal, Smac Gallery, Stellenbosch
Bad Habitus, Mullers Gallery, Cape Town

Permanent Collections

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)

Matthias Hartman Private Collection

M&C Saatchi Abel Collection