Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.
In the early 1990s, while attending San Francisco Art Institute, she began prolifically painting distinct, monochromatic graffiti horses in public spaces in San Francisco. Meanwhile, she also had a parallel career as a gallery artist and muralist, receiving a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994.
Her painting during this time is described as being influenced by Nicole Eisenmann, Raymond Pettibon, and Mike Kelley.
During this time, Neri contributed mural work to such sites as the Clarion Alley Mural Project and the Redstone Building. A founding member of what later came to be known as the Mission School, she was a close collaborator with other notable graffiti artists such as Twist and KR, as well as Mission School painter Alicia McCarthy. In the late 1990s, Neri stopped doing graffiti entirely and moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where she devoted herself more fully to sculpture, creating figurative but abstract cubist sculptures of horses. During this time, she attended UCLA, where she received her MFA in 1998.