"Millions of people can be wrong."
Born in South Africa, contemporary artist Ruan Hoffmann initially studied at the University of Pretoria. He currently lives and works in The Netherlands. Using ceramic earthenware as his preferred medium, Hoffmann molds familiar objects such as plates, containers and tiles into willful, irregular and misshapen forms. Ruan Hoffmann’s masterful ceramics defy norms, inviting viewers into a world of unfiltered emotion and striking visual engagement.
The resulting works are not presented as homey pieces emanating from the domestic sphere but as willful, irregular and misshapen forms on which the artist’s unedited observations on life’s experiences flow in constant, noisy glimpses of thought. Hoffmann adorns the surfaces of his plates with a vast array of images and text that can be unapologetic, politically confrontational, improper and even sometimes rude. It is work that is unashamedly loud, uncompromising and exhilarating. The adorned ceramic work expresses the artist Ruan Hoffmann's unedited observations on life's experiences.
Widely exhibited, Hoffmann's works are also in a number of international collections including the South African National Gallery, Thalie Foundation & The Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, the Museo de Arte Moderno, Dominican Republic and is collected amongst important public and private collections.
The Spaceless Gallery x Invisible CollectionNew York 8 Nov 2023 - 24 Apr 2024The Spaceless Gallery is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Invisible Collection. Complementing the bespoke interior of the Invisible Collection's New York location, the exhibition will present artists Gwen...
More* at Bergdorf GoodmanBergdorf Goodman, New York 7 Sep - 22 Oct 2023Experience the Spaceless Gallery's art exhibition, 'More* by the Spaceless Gallery,' at Bergdorf Goodman in September 2023. Explore a diverse collection of art and design pieces by exceptional international talents including Hugh Findletar, Ruan Hoffmann, Alice Gavalet, Pierre Bonnefille, Jayde Cardinalli, Lucian Moriyama, Olga Sabko, and Renée Demsey.
Maison VeroneseGroup show 10 Sep 2022 - 31 Jul 2023The Next Chapter Maison Veronese invites the Spaceless Gallery to celebrate nine decades of infinite possibilities. The Spaceless Gallery is pleased to announce its collaboration with Maison Veronese, publisher and...
Handle with CareHotel d’Aguesseau, 18 rue Séguier, 75006 Paris, France 19 May - 6 Jun 2022After being hosted in spaces and places around the world, the Spaceless Gallery believes that it’s time to invite galleries to join us in a unique multi-gallery exhibition within the...
RUAN HOFFMANNBoon_Room, Paris 8 Sep 2021 - 3 Jan 2022Halfway between art and design, ceramist Ruan Hoffmann is a distinct artist that draws his intentions in and within the plates that he sculpts. After a successful show in Los Angeles this summer, the Spaceless Gallery is excited to present another selection of works by Ruan in a completely different space and context, right in the heart of Paris.
For the very first time, Ruan’s ceramic wonders will be showcased in the renowned BOON space founded by Kristofer Kongshaug where art, design and fashion meet. Showcasing sixty unique porcelain plates, the exhibition will unveil a tale of form, function and expression. What is striking in Ruan’s work, is his use of words and imagery that draws you to the mind of the artist, where he unapologetically expresses the nuances of life and symbolic hard truths with humor and style. Yet, Ruan does not aim to dictate a thought but rather triggers reflections and interpretations. Akin to fortune-telling teacups, Ruan’s colorfully glazed plates will inspire, challenge and resonate with one and all.
Curated especially for BOON Paris, the show will take place from September and extend until December 2022. The selection of works will evolve throughout the exhibition to unveil surprises.
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GARDENS OF THE MINDCollective exhibition, Seine-et-Marne, France 6 - 9 Jun 2019As the pace of life quickens and society becomes absorbed into an unyielding cycle of result-oriented tasks and purpose, our minds become an overwhelming reprise of knowledge and thoughts. When then - as they say - do we stop to smell the flowers? The search for a form of repose undoubtedly becomes a unanimous quest as we look both outward to the physical world and inward into our consciousness.