Rubeena Ratcliffe (b. 1982) creates narrative paintings that often focus on the solitary female protagonist. In these intimate spacial portraits, Ratcliffe captures the figure immersed in various mundane pursuits and moments of deep reflection, between themes of tedious and monotonous versus spiritual and imaginative. Her paintings uncover hidden narratives and conjure dreamlike spaces, often within the interior domestic sphere. With a background in Architecture, Ratcliffe paints with an acute awareness from the female gaze, employing deeply colourful hues and nuanced details with her use of hatch work.
Rubeena Ratcliffe received her Masters of Architecture from Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia, and has studied and worked in Canada, United States, India and the Netherlands. Ratcliffe lives and works in Vancouver with her husband and three young children.