Peter Ruta


"The world’s highest studio (World Trade Center, 9lst Floor) presented the painter with a towering challenge. A year before the attack, he painted there for five months. “It took me a month or two to figure out what I needed to do,” he says. A postcard panorama, difficult to grasp. To paint the whole city at once – that’s a task few artists have set themselves. Oskar Kokoschka, whom Ruta knew well, did it in Dresden. Ruta’s paintings omit details, they don’t interest him. Only light and the play of colors. New York seen in a whole new way."

Heidrun Hannusch
Dresdener Neueste Nachrichten, September 2004

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