College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

A cutting from the lower border of a manuscript (Johann Plaecsaert, artist)

Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz

Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz Associate Professor, Department of Art History
Tanner-Opperman Chair in Honor of Roy Sieber

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Office Hours: by appointment


Ph.D. Yale University

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

BooksThe Late Paintings of Velázquez

  • 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 & Prince Claus Fund, 2002)

Courses taught

Stanford University

Graduate Seminars

  • African Visual Art and Graphic Communications in the Americas
  • Researching Africa: Problems and Theory in African Art
  • African Art and Museum Display
  • Latin American Avant-garde
  • African Art and Writing Traditions
  • Mapping Africa: Cartography and Architecture

    Stanford University

Undergraduate Courses

  • Caribbean and Latin American Art: Empire, Identity, and Society
  • Introduction to Black Atlantic Visual Tradition
  • The Language of Hybridity in the Americas (studio-lecture)
  • An Introduction to African Art History
  • African and Afro-Atlantic Graphic Writing Systems
  • Afro-Atlantic Religions, Art and Philosophy

Rhode Island School of Design

  • Graphic Writing as an Artistic Media in Afro-Caribbean Religions
  • Afro-Caribbean Art and Visual Culture
  • History of African Graphic Writing Systems

Department of Art History
Radio/TV Building 316
1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9390
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.