Born in Aruba of St. Maarten parents, Ruby Bute returned to her parents’ homeland in the 1970’s. For over 50 years, autodidact Ruby Bute has produced paintings that document historical aspects of St. Martin’s life and culture. In addition to her paintings, Ruby exhibits her creative spirit as a writer, poet, teacher, and storyteller. Ruby Bute, renowned as St. Maarten’s national treasure, is also a mentor and tutor to many emerging artists.
Her strong images capture the joyousness of such scenes as Carnival and Emancipation Day, as well as the serenity of old island homes and ancestral landscapes. Exhibitions of Ruby Bute’s paintings are regularly held in St. Martin, in Amsterdam, and other cities in Holland, as well as Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and Saba. In 2005 Ruby was decorated by her Majesty, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and is since an honorable Member of the House of Orange-Nassau.
Ruby paints every day in her gallery that doubles as a studio and classroom. According to Ruby, “Painting is like taking your vitamins or brushing your teeth”. Today she is one of St. Martin’s leading painters, acclaimed poets, and a dedicated instructor. Visit her studio, feel at home, and enjoy her recitals, while getting to know the artist in her element.
Image Size 8″ x 10″ nominal
Includes matting to 11″ x 14″ overall.