Participant Portfolios / Metropolitan Cities


recycling artists cooperative

Hernando José Ruíz Daza, director

Hernando Ruíz specializes in creating new arts forms from recycled materials. His art is concerned with how society can reuse and transform trash. He is also the leader of Reciclarte Colombia, an organization that encourages urban, disadvantaged youth to create art from the things that people discard

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Hernando José Ruíz Daza shakes hands with a festival visitor after an insightful conversation about recycling and art.
Photo by Cristina Díaz-Carrera, Smithsonian Institution