Ronnie Tuft, b. 1928 in the Bronx and raised in New York City, is a painter, graphic artist and poet. She attended Bethany College and graduated from NYU with a BA. She has worked in television and publishing and as a graphic artist for the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She lived in Washington D.C. for ten years where she founded the Washington Women’s Art Center for writers and artists and where she also exhibited some of her paintings.
Ronnie Tuft’s paintings are portraits or, as she calls them, ‘people paintings’ since she is not trying for likeness so much as for the story their faces and their body language tells. She is very conscious of creating each painting for the painting’s sake. She writes: “I sometimes paint pure abstractions for just the music inside them. I take pleasure in the act of painting, the movement of paint being pushed across the canvas, whether it’s a ‘people painting’ or an abstract. My paintings are ‘painterly’ in that the act of painting is right there on the surface for the viewer to see and to feel. This physicality is akin to the creation of music or dance which I feel when I am painting.”
Ronnie Tuft's exhibition highlights include: the Washington Women's Art Center (WWAC) Gallery 1974 juried spring show, the WWAC Gallery 1975 juried spring show, and the WWAC Gallery 1975 December show. Tuft has participated in numerous workshops. In 2005, Tuft participated in the Educational Alliance Art School Winter-session that culminated in the exhibition Art Wall. In July 2007, Tuft participated in Il Chiostro workshop in Tuscany, Italy that ended with an art exhibit. In August, Tuft participated in Art Workshop International for 2 weeks in Assisi, Italy.