Ruri Yi was born in South Korea. Once in America, she graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, has actively exhibited her paintings throughout the Philadelphia and Baltimore area.
Yi’s recent works reinterpret abstract landscapes that people live in and observe everyday. Her paintings portray static images of scenes through the use of hard-edged lines, minimalist compositions, symbolic figures, and balanced color, creating a simplified version of how she sees the world. Yi’s paintings depict abstracted elements of the urban landscape and its in-between spaces. In a series of paintings grouped and arranged together, each balanced with the rest to form a uniform scene or to communicate her intended message.