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Jose Ruiz Díaz




We are proud and happy to share with you PRINTING TODAY, the last project by José Ruiz, Colombian artist in residence at TP from 04.13. – 05.03. 2020.

PRINTING TODAY is a collaborative project that aims to print on 7,000 sheets of paper, phrases (25 characters long) starting with the word “TODAY”. The (virtual) public was invited to send their reflections on their “present” reality. The artist-typographer printed several copies of each sentence and used them to wallpaper the exhibition rooms.

José Ruiz was in a “printing quarantine” at the Espacio El Dorado gallery in Bogotá, since the beginning of the official quarantine in Colombia. Since April 13th he was our guest artist on the @Tropicalpapers_ IG account and on our website. Every day we publish the phrases sent by our followers and printed by Jose in red letters on white paper in a handcrafted printing press made for the occasion. Each poster was photographed in the garden, under the shade of a flowering Brugmansia tree or trumpet angels.

Thanks to Espacio El Dorado for starting and hosting this fantastic project and to the artist for his generosity in sharing it with all of us.

Espacio El Dorado is a contemporary art gallery established in 2015 in the neighborhood of La Macarena in Bogotá, Colombia.


José Ruiz, 1994 is a Colombian artist, living and working in Bogotá. He studied art and art history at the Universidad de los Andes. His artistic and curatorial practice revolves around working with archives of art, cinema, architecture and popular graphics. He has carried out projects for La Tertulia Museum in Cali, the CAPC Bordeaux Museum of Contemporary Art, Odeon Space and the Biblioteca Luis A. Arango in Bogotá, among others.