Ruri Yi was born in Deagu, South Korea, raised in Seoul, and currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. Yi studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Since graduating she has actively exhibited her paintings throughout the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. Ruri Yi founded Ruriart Center for the Fine Arts (Ellicott City, Maryland), where she spent twelve years managing and operating the center, as well as teaching students at all levels. Yi’s recent works reinterpret the landscapes that people live in and observe every day. Her paintings portray static images of scenes through the use of hard-edged lines, minimalist compositions, symbolic figures, and balanced colors-- creating a simplified version of how she sees the world. Ruri Yi is a founder/director of MONO Practice in Baltimore, Maryland. A collection of her recent works can be viewed at Guest Spot at THE REINSTITUTE, Baltimore, Maryland.