Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz

Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz

Associate Professor, Art History

Tanner-Opperman Chair in Honor of Roy Sieber

• Accepting Ph.D. students


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2004

Research interests

African and African diaspora art; aesthetics and culture; graphic writing systems; rock painting; Afro-Latin American and Caribbean visual culture, art and aesthetics; theories of the avant-garde; contemporary theory

Selected publications


Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna. (Oaxaca-Mexico, El Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños Press, 2016).

Kongo Graphic Writing and Other Narratives of the Sign. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2012).

Escritura Grafica Kongo y Otras Narrativas del Signo. (Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico: Editorial el Colegio de Mexico, 2012).

Faisal Abdu’Allah: The Art of Dislocation. (Centro Atlántico de Art Moderno Press, 2012).

Edited books + catalogues

Carlos Luna. (Milan: Yale University Press--5 Continents Editions, 2017).

Art and Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and his Worlds, Eds. Tim Barringer, Gillian Forrester and Bárbarbo Martínez-Ruiz. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007).

Words: From Spoken to Seen. Co-edited with Alyson Purpura (San Jose, CA: Mexican Heritage Corporation, 2005).

Odantalan 02. Co-edited with Victor Gama. (Lisbon: PangeiArt and Prince Claus Fund, 2002).

Courses recently taught

  • ARTH-A155 Introduction to African Art
  • ARTH-A156 Introduction to Art of the African Diaspora
  • ARTH-A255 Art of Central Africa
  • ARTH-A454 Afro-Atlantic Religion, Art and Philosophy
  • ARTH-A487/A587 Caribbean and Latin American Art : Empire, Identity, and Society
  • ARTH-A650 African Art and Museum Display