Xen Ruiz is a self-taught painter and works mainly with oil painting and oil pastel. Xen uses painting for more planned and thoughtful work and pastels for impulsive and intuitive work. Xen's work focuses on depicting atmospheres that emerge from his own environments and experiences, with color and perspective playing a crucial role in reflecting the mix of emotions that emerge between the subject portrayed and Xen himself. In Xen's pictorial landscapes we often find androgynous figures enveloped in a lonely and dreamy aura. They seem to retreat and hide from the external noises, while their curious but direct looks take us on a journey into the inner life.