Across time and cultures rural and urban — traditional countrywomen of a time past are
juxtaposed with subdivision rowhouses yet there is no cacophony of sensibilities in the
visual language of Jose Tence Ruiz, whose artistic discourse is marked by a rich polyphonic
texture that operates on several registers as he draws from an array of visual cultures past
and present while defining and maintaining his Philippine base and original ground. In
his iconic field, he plays micro and macro, the details of his paintings proliferate in semiotic
swarms in which significations, like the word games in which the revels are continually fluid
and shifting, albeit within a horizon of meaning.
His art is about the unfolding of history, the social conditions and contradictions of
contemporary life — the large view in which the artist does not just passively regard as
exterior spectacle, but which he examines from a critics perspective through which his
art itself participates in the process s of change.