Full Artist's statement
Rujunko Pugh was born in Japan in 1970 to a Japanese mother and African-American father. Raised in California and North Carolina, she has lived around the world in places including Hawaii, Washington D.C. and Sydney, Australia. She initially studied molecular bioscience and bioengineering. She works across various media including photography, printmaking, installation, illustration, paste-ups (street art) and murals. Her art draws on Japanese, African and African-American imagery that she has found on the Internet to explore themes such as self, history, culture, environment and race as well as global movements of people, ideas, and technologies.
Rujunko is based in Sydney and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts. She has exhibited in Australia, the United States, Italy, New Zealand and Kenya.