"He never felt obliged to join the pack, to make the scene. He wouldn’t and he couldn’t. When it was time to get with the program as defined by artists and public alike, Ruta seems to have been out of town…But it would be wrong to see his long, steady career as a kind of reverse avantgarde, a willed opposition to modernist certainties. The representational tradition in painting is much stronger in the New World than in Central Europe. One thinks of Edward Hopper, and many other North American realists and romantics. And Ruta would probably say, oh, that’s just the way I work. I paint what I see and what I feel."
Meinhard Michael, leading German art critic, assesses Ruta’s sixty year career as a painter,
Leipzig February 2008