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FRANCO MONDINI-RUIZ
Franco Mondini-Ruiz (born 1961) is an American artist who lives and works in New York, New York and San Antonio, Texas. He is of Mexican and Italian descent. According to art critic Roberta Smith, his work "questions notions of preciousness and art-market exclusivity while delivering a fizzy visual pleasure". 

Mondini-Ruiz takes a variety of approaches to creating art, working in installation, performance, painting, sculpture, and short stories.
One of Mondini-Ruiz's earliest major projects was his "Infinito Botanica," an installation that references the Mexican botánicas common in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. In the mid-90s Mondini-Ruiz purchased a botánica on South Flores street in San Antonio that had been in operation since the 1930s. He used this space to create a hybrid installation / store, which he considered "part of a social and figurative sculpture that mixed traditional botánica fare with his own sculpture and installations, as well as with the contemporary work of local cutting-edge and outsider artists, locally made craft, folk art, cultural artifacts and junk." Mondini-Ruiz has created different site-specific versions of this project at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (1999), the Whitney Biennial (2000), and the Kemper Art Museum in St Louis (2001).

Mondini-Ruiz has also created a series of piñata versions of famous works of modern and contemporary art. These piñatas have been exhibited at the Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Newark Museum. The exhibition, titled "Mexican Museum of Modern Art" included piñata versions of works by Donald Judd, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and many other modern and contemporary artists.[4] A version of this series was also shown at Artpace in San Antonio, this time under the title "Modern Piñatas".

In 2005, D.A.P. published Franco Mondini-Ruiz's book "High Pink: Tex-Mex Fairy Tales." The book includes short stories from South Texas and photographs of Mondini-Ruiz's artwork.​
"Coffee and Klimt"
96"x72"
Private Collection
"Piñatas From Paris"
48"x60"
Mixed Media
Limited Edition
"Browser With a Schnauzer"
19"x20"
Acrylic on Canvas
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"Bud Light"
60"x72"
Acrylic on Canvas
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"Cat With a Conscience"
28"x34"
Acrylic on Canvas
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"Cougar With a Coyote'
23"x27"
Acrylic on Canvas
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"Girl With Gloves"
20"x24"
Acrylic on Canvas
Private Collection
"Goya Gown, Heavy Frame"
38"x47"
Acrylic on Canvas
Private Collection
"Hottie With a Scottie"
28"x28"
Acrylic on Canvas
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"Ladies in Labels"
38"x48"
Acrylic on Canvas
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"Lady in Waiting"
27"x33"
Acrylic on Canvas
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"Petite Miss"
24"x26"
Acrylic on Canvas
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"Real Drink, Faux Mink"
19"x27"
Acrylic on Canvas
Private Collection
"Retired Jersey"
23"x27"
Acrylic on Canvas
Private Collection
"The Fur Lovers"
29"x53"
Acrylic on Canvas
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"The Women"
29"x32"
Acrylic on Canvas
Private Collection
"Take a walk on The Westside"
48"x60"
Private Collection