Ruth Bloch was born in Israel in 1951 to artist parents. Her father was a musician, while her mother worked in ceramics, Ruth's family were members of a Kibbutz called Alonim, a place where childhood and early youth afforded her many opportunities to develop her artistic talents. Reaching adulthood, Ruth attended the Avny Art Institute in Tel Aviv, and took additional studies in psychology in the United States.
Currently Ruth Bloch lives and sculpts in Israel. Her work exhibits a great depth of feeling for the human figure, revealing the living unity of her masculine and feminine forces. Her works are exhibited all over the world.
"I look around me. I look inside. I sense and absorb. From the internal vulnerable fountain of my feelings, I create my art. I go through life, hand in hand with my artwork. We grow together." Ruth Bloch, December 2000
The famed 16th century sculptor and goldsmith, Benvenuto Cellini, once said that good sculpture should have neither back nor front rather it should be interesting and evocative from every angle. Five centuries later, his principle is brought to stunning fruition in the work of contemporary sculptor Ruth Bloch. Eliminating precise detail and relying on line and form alone, she creates simple but powerful and deeply moving figurative bronzes.Whether couples, parents and children, or individual female figures, her creations are an expression of her feelings and emotions.
Ruth Bloch was born in 1951 to artistic parents. Her father was a musician and her mother a ceramic artist. An avid painter from an early age, Ruth attended the Avny Art Institute where her talent was immediately recognized by her professors. She was encouraged to continue working in her own creative mode and to develop the personal style that characterizes her sculpture today. "For me, what makes art is pureness, the fewer stages you have from the inner you to the art, the better," explains the artist. This philosophy inspires much of her creation. She strives to deliver a pure quality from the profound depths of the self and this is illustrated in a piece like "Family" which evokes the sense of unity and togetherness that is fostered in her own family.
Bloch speaks of a period spent in the desert area of Arava, with her husband and her four children in very positive terms despite the health problems that she suffered at this time. This move helped her discover her artistic bearings and in her own words, "to create, to love, to wrap my family around me, to give and to receive love. I see the world in brighter colors now."
Ruth Bloch's growth as sculptor is far easier to trace than her influences. As a figurative sculptor, Bloch most closely relates to Henry Moore for his fluidity of line and his genius for making that which is massive, delicate. Her work entitled, "Fatherhood", which blends the human forms in an eternal circle, echoes Moore's ability to realize the full potential of the sculptural form. However Bloch, unlike her predecessor allows no separation between man, woman and child. For her these figures are one, locked in an unending circle of life. The influence of the Italian Master, Alberto Giacometti is also apparent in Ruth Bloch's art. The stylized elongated figures and the highly textural patinas that characterize her work in bronze are reminiscent of the slender forms of Giacometti's artistic universe. Ruth Bloch's works are exhibited throughout the world in both public and private collections.