Born in Oceanside, CA


Lives and works in Los Angeles




MFA, University of California, Irvine


BFA, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles


Parsons School of Art and Design, New York


Solo Exhibitions


Collapsed, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY, March 19 – May 9 (extended through July)


Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM (in progress)


Fall of the Wall [paper], Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Berlin


A Recurring Amalgamation, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA


Classic Rupture, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY


Extracted, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA


Freeway wall next to a…, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Borrowed Ladders, ESL Ι Esthetics as a Second Language, Los Angeles, CA


Greyscale, Voz Alta Projects, San Diego, CA



Two Person Exhibitions


Swap, collaboration with Mark Bradford, LACMA: On-Site, Charles White Elementary Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Storage, collaboration with Marco Rios, 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Embryonic Loop, collaboration with Marco Rios, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA


Caltransposed with Peter Tavera, Gallery 727, Los Angeles, CA


Rigor Motors, collaboration with Marco Rios, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA, CA


Projects by Ruben Ochoa and Michael Queenland, The Project, Los Angeles (curated by Lauri Firstenberg)


Selected Group Exhibitions


Collector’s XXIV, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA


It’s All About Sculpture, Haubrok Foundation, Berlin, Germany


From and About Place: Art from Los Angeles, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel, Curated by Alma Ruiz (catalogue)


In the Round: The 90th Anniversary of OTIS College of Art & Design, Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Puerto Vallarta Arte Contemporáneo 08, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (organized by Pilar Perez)


WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


Phantom Sightings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (curated by Rita Gonzalez, Howard Fox and Chon Noriega) travelling to: Tamayo Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico


Mexico Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX


Museum Alamdea, San Antonio, TX, Guadalajara, and El Museo del Barrio / Americas Society, New York, NY


Multifaceted Lens, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN


Performance Z-A, 25th Anniversary for the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY


Viva Mexico! Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland, curated by Magda Kardasz, traveling to


BWA Wrocław – Contemporary Art Gallery, Wrocław, Poland.


Latitude, Artcore, Los Angeles (organized by Pilar Tompkins)


Range, d.e.n Gallery, Los Angeles (curated by Kristi Lippire)


Mexicali Biennial, La Casa de la Tia Tina, Mexicali, Mexico


The Newsstand Project, newsstands throughout Los Angeles (organized by Dan Bayles)


Agent Once, Acuna-Hansen, Los Angeles (organized by Jason Keller)


25 Bold Moves: Emerging Artists Exhibit, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA


An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life, REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Happenstance, Harris-Lieberman Gallery, New York (curated by Lauri Firstenberg)


Drive by and relax, UPSPACE, Los Angeles (curated by Chris Sicat)


Borderless Dreams, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA


Drive Time, Wignall Museum, Rancho Cucamonga, CA


Empire.Style, ART2102, Boyle Heights, CA (curated by Peter Zellner)


passerby, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA (curated by Cassandra Cobelentz)


FREEWAVES_Inter-State: Video on a Go, REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles, CA


California Biennial, Arist-in-residence, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA


Land of the Free: Americana, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA (curated by Tyler Stallings)


¡Picarte! Photography Beyond Representation, Heard Museum, Phoeniz, AZ


Recess, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles (curated by Brienne Arrington and Dan Bayles)


Happy Beautiful Desirable, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA


Better Look Twice, Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA


Whacked, Los Angeles (curated by John Souza)


Other Projects


Fwy Wall Extraction, 10 fwy eastbound below Soto St and Marengo Blvd intersection, Los Angeles


(produced by Creative Capital Foundation and LAXART)


Disrup, LAXART Billboard Project, La Cienega Blvd between Venice and Washington, Los Angeles ain’t that revolutionary, LAXART Billboard Project, corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA (in conjunction with the exhibition “An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life”, REDCAT, Los Angeles)


CLASS: C, mobile artist space featuring over 75 artists, curators, and collaborators throughout Southern California



Selected Bibliography


Von Taube, Annika, “Los Angeles”, Sleek Magazine, Winter


Place, Vanessa, “Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement”, X-Tra Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 2, Winter


Young, Paul, “The Radar Art”, Angeleno, October


Ruiz, Alma, “Interview with Ruben Ochoa”, From and About Place: Art from Los Angeles,


The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, September - November


Kotz, Liz, “Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement”, Modern Painters, September


Guha, Rohin, “Ruben Ochoa @ LAMCA”,, August 7


Dambrot, Shana, “Report: New York City, The Ghost of Jason Rhoades”, Art Ltd, July


Ezrha Jean, “LA’s Cultural art (r)evolution”, Artillery, July/August


Danto, Arthur C., “Unlovable”, The Nation, May 26


Bryan-Wilson, Julia, “Review: Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement”, Art Forum, Summer


Johnson, Reed, “Puerto Vallarta’s Not Just for Tourists, it’s for Artists too”, Los Angeles Times, June 4


“Guggenheim Fellows of 2008”, Art In America, June/July


Canning, Susan, “Whitney Biennial: New York”, Art Papers, May


Machida, Nico, “Interview with Ruben Ochoa”, ArtSlant, May 19


Dabkowski, Colin, “New at the Knox”, The Buffalo News, May 11


Vikram, Anuradha, “The LA Annual”, Artillery, May/June


Gleason, Mat, “Beyond Expectations: How ‘Phantom Sightings’ Defeats Cliché”, ArtScene, May 1


Miles, Christopher,” LACMA East: ‘Phantom Sightings’ Chronicles the Rise of Post-Chicanoism”, LA Weekly,


April 30


Gonzalez, Rita, Howard N. Fox, and Chan A. Noriega, “Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement”


LACMA Publications, March


Schjeldahl, Peter, “Lessness: The Whitney Biennial”, New Yorker, March 17


Lacavo, Richard, “The Simple Life”,­ Time, March 13


Cohn, Marilyn, “The Big Apple: Whitney Biennial”, For Your Art, March 13


Schuker, Lauren A.E., “The Fine Art of Less”, The Wall Street Journal, March 7


Dalton, Trinie, “2008 Biennial Exhibition Catalogue”, The Whitney Museum of American Art, March


Dockary, Sean and Hugo Hopping. “Social Studies: An Art and Social Engagement”, X-TRA Contemporary


Art Quarterly, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring


MJ, “ Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects, Transparenz durch Trugbilder”,, January 16


“Viva Mexico,” (Exhibition Catalogue), Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa


Paterson, Carrie, “Ruben Ochoa: A Recurring Amalgamation”, Art Circles, Issue #5, Fall


Vogel, Carol, “Whitney Biennial Stretches to Armory”, New York Times, November 16


“Artists Announced for 2008 Whitney Biennial”,, November 16


Campagnola, Sonia, “Live from Los Angeles”, Flash Art, November/December


Gray, Emma, “L.A. Confidential”, artnet, October 12


“Continuing and Recommended: Ruben Ochoa’s ‘A Recurring Amalgamation’ at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects”, Art Scene, October


Mizota, Sharon, “Ruben Ochoa: ‘A Recurring Amalgamation’ at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects”,, September 22


Gray, Emma, “Emma Gray’s Top 10 Shows in Los Angeles this Month”, Daily Magazine, Saatchi Online, September


Myers, Holly, “When nature and urban life conflict”, Los Angeles Times, September 14


Becker, Jack; Slade, George, “Multifaceted Lens: Photography and Public Art”, Public Art Review, Spring/Summer


Freeman, Tommy, “The Trans-Aestheticization of Daily Life at the Sweeney Art Gallery”, Artweek, May


Allsop, Laura; Alizarin Harvey, Polly; Lawley, Alanna, “Consumed”, ArtReview, June, p. 42


Szupinska, Joanna, “Ruben Ochoa”, Artillery, Volume 1, No. 4, March


Westerbeck, Colin, “Photo Synthesis: Fwy Wall Extraction”, West Magazine, Los Angeles Times, December 24


Kim, Clara, “Ruben Ochoa: ‘Extracted’, Contemporary, Issue 88, p.73


West, Kevin, “The Van Man”, WWDscoop, September, p. 60


Myers, Holly, “Freeways connect and divide”, Los Angeles Times, September 15, p. E22


Gray, Emma, “L.A. Confidential”, Artnet, October 13


Satorius, Katherine, “Ruben Ochoa at LA>


Campagnola, Sonia, “Focus Los Angeles: A Survey of Contemporary Los Angeles Art”, Flash Art, January/February, page 73


Finkel, Jori, “Recipe for Revolution: Take 11,000 Photos”, New York Times, January 29, section 2-32


Isenberg, Barbara, “Otis College of Art and Design: The First 88 Years”, Otis: Nine Decades of Art (catalogue), p. 14


Pollack, Barbara, “Happenstance”, Time Out New York, Issue 536, January


Gonzalez, Rita, “Strangeways Here We Come”, Recent Pasts: Art in Southern California from the 90s to Now, published by jrp ringier


Cotter, Holland, “Happenstance”, New York Times, December 30, p. B37


Willis, Holly, “State of the Art: A Field Guide from Acken to Zittel”, LA Weekly, October 28, p. 52


Tumlir, Jan, “California Biennial”, Artforum, February, p. 168


Pincus, Robert L., “Turning in to the O.C.: ‘Biennial’ belly laughs”, The San Diego Union-Tribune, November 7


Knight, Christopher, “Biennial arrives, and so does a museum”, Los Angeles Times, October 13, p. E1, E7


Armstrong, Elizabeth and Hofman, Irene, “The Big Sweep: Paradox in Paradise”, California Biennial (catalogue), Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, p. 12-21, 92-95


Cavallo Collins, Gina, “Through the Lens Violently”, Phoenix New Times, January 15


Contreras, V. Wade, “CLASS C: Ruben Ochoa Rolls Over Artistic Barriers”, September




John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship


Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) Investing in Artist Grant


Rockefeller Fellowship: New Media


International Studio and Curatorial Program Residency (ISCP-NYC), August-November 2007


Creative Capital Foundation: Visual Arts Grant


Nimoy Foundation, California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art: Artist-in-Residence


California Community Foundation: Emerging Artist Fellowship


The Durfee Foundation: Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant


University of California Institutional Research Award (UCIRA)


Public Collections

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY