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Aïda Ruilova is inspired by classic Hollywood narratives, the B-horror film genre as well as avant-garde filmmakers such as Andrei Tarkovsky that materialize themes of self-caricature, brazen desire, intoxication and ultimately escape throughout her work in film, sculpture and drawings.

Working in a tradition of cinematic collage, Aïda Ruilova creates short format videos with sound. Her precisely edited montages combine her skill in editing with a strong interest in music (she previously recorded and performed with the experimental music group Alva), creating sequences that are comprised of disturbing staged visual imagery with exaggerated vocals and sound. They are filmed in basements, corridors, cellars, hallways and skylights. Real-time is eschewed to present symbolically charged tableaux, which are repeated and intercut, making her videos strangely captivating.

In Ruilova’s drawings, the object of desire is both exposed and concealed. Emmanuelle is the bored housewife who lives out her sexual fantasies through her affairs and subsequently becomes an object of fantasy for the viewer. She is the archetype of a desirable woman over which Ruilova paints pools of black with a caricature of peeping eyes to overlap fact with fiction and conspiracy with truth until the destructive tendencies of desire are revealed.

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1974, Aïda Ruilova now lives and works in New York. Her first museum survey exhibition was organized by the Aspen Art Museum and St. Louis Contemporary Museum of Art and traveled to the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Cleveland MOCA, and New Orleans Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been included in the Venice Biennial, the Whitney Biennial and the Berlin Biennial and she was a nominee for the 2006 Hugo Boss Prize.  She has been selected by Daria de Beauvais, curator of the Palais de Tokyo, to participate in Expo Chicago’s 2016 video program.

Born 1974 in Wheeling, West Virginia. Lives and works in New York.


BFA, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, New York      


Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

The Pink Palace, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY

Hey…Oh no…You’re Pretty, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany

I’m So Wild About Your Strawberry Mouth, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Santa Monica, CA

Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY

Goner, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo La Conservera Murcia, Spain
Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany
Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy
Aïda Ruilova, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo La Conservera, Ceutí
Meet the Eye, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany
Meet the Eye, Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy

Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Aïda Ruilova: The Singles 1999-Now, The Banff Centre, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada
The Singles: 1999 – Now, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Aïda Ruilova: The Singles 1999-Now, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; traveling to Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO
Two-timers, Galerie Guido W Baudach, Berlin, Germany
Sketch Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Silver Globe, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Lulu, Salon 94, New York, NY

Vilma Gold, London, United Kingdom
Countdowns, Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy

Lets Go, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY
Endings, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN

Projektrum: Aïda Ruilova, Gallery Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
Lets Go, The Moore Space, Miami, FL

Untitled, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, NY

Come to Life, Salon 94, in collaboration with Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY

White Room, White Columns, New York, NY


Resonance/Dissonance, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL

The Cold Libido, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Excessive Beauty, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
PUNK, CA2M Centro De Arte Dos De Mayo, Madrid, Spain

The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The Crime Was Almost Perfect, PAC Padiglione D’ Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

More Young Americans, Hôtel de Miramion, Paris, France
Suspicious Minds, Vermlho, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Reading List: Artists’ Selections from the MoMA Library Collection, MoMA Library, New York, NY

Armitage Gone Dance, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
Pose/Re-Pose, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

Expanded Territory, KAI10, Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany
Commercial Break, curated by Neville Wakefield Garage Projects, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Flash: Light, Festival of ideas, New Museum, New York, NY
Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Ars Apokalipsis, Kunst und Kollaps, Kunstverein Kreis
Güthersloh, Güthersloh
Ars Apokalipsis. Kunst und Kollaps, Kunstverein Kreis Güthersloh, Güthersloh, Germany
Festival of Ideas, ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom
BigMinis. Fetishes of Crisis, CAPC, musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

Highlights from the Cologne KunstFilmBiennale in Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin Rod Bianco Gallery invites Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo, Norway
fast forward 2. The Power of Motion, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Art in the Auditorium 2, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX (traveling to Whitechapel, London and GAMeC, Bergamo)
Art in the Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom

amor fati, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany
Las Linea de la Mano, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Warehouse of Horrors, curated by Benjamin Fallon, Studio Warehouse Glasgow 3, a presentation by the EMBASSY gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Black Mondays, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY
Slightly Unbalanced, Huntington Museum of Art / Paul & Lulu Hilliard Art Museum, Lafayette, LA (cat.) From The Archives: 40 Years, 40 Projects, White Columns, New York

Slightly Unbalanced, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal, Canada
Tarantula, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy
That’s The Way It Is, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany (cat.)
Busan Biennial, Busan Museum of Contemporary Art, Busan, South Korea

Performa07 - The Second Biennial of New Visual Art Performance, New York, NY
Fantastisk Filmfestival, Lund, Sweden
Between Two Deaths, ZKM Media Museum, Karlsruhe, Germany
2nd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia
Sympathy for the Devil, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Exhibitionism, CCS Bard Hessel Museum, New York, NY
Pensee Sauvage, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Germany
Pale Carnage, Arnolfini Bristol and Dundee Contemporary Art Center, Dundee, Scotland
Koln Show 2, European Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany

INTO ME / OUT OF ME, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Containers, Art Basel Miami Beach in collaboration with Kelly Nipper, Miami, FL
Six Feet Under (untitled as of may 2006) Kunstmuseum Bern, curator, Bernhard Fibicher
Von Mäusen und Menschen, 4. Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin, Germany (cat.)
La grande geste / The big scene/ Emotionality in Recent Video Art, Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria
Good Vibrations, Palazzo delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
The Beat, Haswellediger gallery, New York, NY
The Berlin Biennale, curated by Maurizo Cattelan, Massimilano Gioni and  Ali Subotnik, Berlin, Germany
Mixed Emotions, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel curated by Tami Katz-Freiman
Uncertain States of America, Bard Hessel Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Uncertain States of America, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Daniel Birnbaum, Hans Ulrich Obrist
The Pantagruel Syndrome, T-I: Torino triennale, curated by Francesco Bonami & Carolyn Christev-Bakargiev, organized in conjuction by the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, the GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Rock Music, Center and Gallery P74, Ljublijana, Slovenia
Kelly Nipper – Aïda Ruilova, galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy
Marking Time, curated by Glenn Phillips, 14th screening at the Getty Research  Institute, Los Angeles, CA
RE-IMAGINIG HER, University Film Series, California State University, Chico, CA
Reverse Engineers, Carnegie Art Center, North Tonawanda, NY curated by Kye Potter and Julia Szwonkoski
The Difference Between You and Me, Ian Potter Museum, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
IRREDUCIBLE: Contemporary Short Form Video, 1995-2005, curated by Ralph Rugoff, CCA, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA
Miami Art Central Museum, Miami, FL

Phillip: Divided by Lightning, Deitch Projects, Brooklyn, NY; with John Connely Presents Movimento/Movimenti, curated By Francesco Bonami, in association with la Biennale di Venezia, Italy
Me, Myself & I, University Galleries, Florida / Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Black and White, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY
Eflux Video Rental, Eflux, New York, NY
Beginning Here: 101 Ways, Visual Art Gallery, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY curated by Jerry Saltz
The Sixth Annual Altoids Curiosly Strong Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Supernatural, Zurcher Gallery, Paris, France
Collector’s Cabinet, Marck Selwyn, Los Angeles, CA
Disturbing the Peace, Danese Gallery, New York, NY
It’s about memory, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL, curated by Simon Watson
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
I, Assassin, Wallspace, New York, NY, curated by Slater Bradley
Suspended State, Center of Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandele-on Hudson, NY
Possessed, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
Unplugged, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, Italy

Strange Days, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
From the Flat Files, Ramp Gallery, Waikoto Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand, curated by Amada Cruz
Clandestines, 50th La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic
The Lengths, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on- Hudson, NY
New Museum at Field Day, curated by Dan Cameron, Field Day, Long Island, NY
I See A Darkness, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Teenage Rebel: The Bedroom Show, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Videodrome II, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Monitor II, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
Altered States, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY

Downtown Arts Festival, organized by Simon Watson, New York, NY
Special Projects, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York, NY
Casino 2001, Stedelijk Museum Kunst Gent (S.M.A.K), Gent, Belgium

Collectors Choice, Exit Art, New York, NY

LIFER, Cardozo School of Law, Rove, NY, curated by Kenny Schachter
Hi-8, Museu Nacional de Historia Natural, Lisbon, Portugal


The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, The New Museum, New York, NY
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Collezione La Gaia, Italy
Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Stedelijk Museum Kunst Gent (S.M.A.K), Gent, Belgium
Verbund Collection, Vienna
The Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Aishti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon


Keep Moving, The Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario
Regained, 43rd edition International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Art Seen, Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY

Everything is Under Control, CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
Shorts film festival, Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY Double Feature, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

Sparkmarker, Artists films at Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn, NY LUXE Cinema, London

Vortex Revisions, Tate Britain, UK
Template for Terror, Revival of the Gothic, ICA, London, UK

What makes Art Popular, What Makes Popular Art, DCA Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland

Depiction, Perversion, Repulsion, Obsession, Subversion, Witte de With's selection for the International Film Festival, Rotterdam
Never Still, CCA, Glasgow Film Festival Artist Videos at the IFC, West Village, NY

Art Positions, Miami, Basel (with Kelly Nipper), Miami, Basel LUXE Cinema, London

Videokunst: Geist, Gemeinschaft und Tschai, Locus, Athens, Greece
artFORCE, Plum TV, Art Production Fund/Yvonne Force Inc.

Impakt Festival 2003, Central Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
Video Program, School of Visual Arts, NY

The Dialogue, film/video screenings and discussion, Thomas Erben Gallery, NY

Impakt Festival 2002, Central Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Stichting Lazymarie Video Fest, The Netherlands
Kill Rock Stars Video Compilation #2, music video for band Derrhoof

Slattery for Ungdom, Alva, album, Menlo Park Recordings, NY

Fair-Haired Guillotine, Alva, Compact disc, Avant, New York, NY
New Directors / New Films, Museum of Modern Art, Alva, soundtrack for animated feature film “Calendar the Siamese” by Lewis Klahr

7th Annual Independent Filmmakers Night, Tampa Museum of Art, FL


The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, NY

Shortlisted to the Hugo Boss prize

ArtPace Residency & Fellowship, San Antonio, TX, selected by Francesco Bonami

Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant