Ruhee Maknojia

b.1993, Houston, Texas, USA

Lives and works in New York and Houston



2019 / M.F.A Visual Arts, Columbia University 

2016 / B.A. Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin 

2016 / B.A. Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin 


Selected Exhibitions


[Upcoming] 2022/ Box 13 Art Gallery, Houston TX

2021 / Project Gallery V, Online Group exhibition, New York, New York

2021 / The Big Show, Group exhibition, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas

2020 / Racism: The Other American Pandemic, Eastern Connecticut State University

2019 / The Happiness Curriculum, Group exhibition, Eastern Connecticut State University

2019 / Aesthetically Functional Only, Group exhibition, 1675 Broadway, New York City

2019 / MFA Thesis Exhibition, Group exhibition, Wallach Gallery, New York City 

2019 / Harlem Perspectives II, Group exhibition, Faction Art Projects, New York City

2018 / 42/18, Group exhibition, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York City

2018 / Feel That Other Day Running, Group exhibition, Time Square Space, New York City

2018 / "TEASE", Performance & Video Night, Prentis Hall, New York City 

2018 / First Year MFA Show, Group exhibition, Wallach Gallery, New York City 

2016 / Senior Thesis Show, University of Texas, VAC Gallery, Austin, Texas

2013 / Marchutz Art Show, IAU College, Aix-en-Provence, France


Fellowship, Grants, and Awards 


2019 / St.Elmo Lady Bird Johnson Fellowship (Finalist) 

2019 / V.C.U. Fountainhead Fellow (Finalist)

2018 / Dedalus Fellowship (Nominated)

2018 / Visual Arts T.A. Fellowship, Columbia University

2016 / Roy Crane Award, University of Texas at Austin

2014 / William Marion Miller Award for Language, IAU College France

2013 / Herbert Maza Academic Year Grant, IAU College France

2013 / The College of Fine Arts Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin


Teaching Experience 

2021/ Adjunct Professor, Art Appreciation, Lone Star College, Houston, TX.

2021/ Lecturer, Art of Silhouettes,  Manhattan Graphic Center, NY

2019 / Adjunct Professor, Beginning Painting, Columbia University, NY

2018 / Teaching Assistant, Tommy White, Advance Painting, Columbia University, NY 

2018 / Teaching Assistant, Diana Cooper, Advance Drawing, Columbia University, NY


Guest Lectures, Workshops, and Panels

2021 / Houston Art Alliance,  Panelist, Houston TX

2020/ emPower, Guest Lecturer, Miniature Painting from Mughal and Safavid Royal Courts, Atlanta, Georgia

2020/ Crit Society, Guest Critic, Houston, Texas

2019/ Advance Painting, Guest Critic, Afarin Rahmanifar, Advance Painting, Eastern Connecticut State University

2019 / Happiness Curriculum: Guest Lecturer, Art from the South Asian Diaspora , Eastern Connecticut State University

2019/ Museum and Curatorial Studies: Guest Lecturer, Yulia Tikhonova, Eastern Connecticut State University 

2019 / Ruhee Maknojia and Elan Cadiz in Discussion, Faction Arts Project, New York

2018 / Works in Progress: Radical Book Making, Guest Lecturer, Columbia University, New York



2019 / Eastern Connecticut State University, Connecticut 

2019 / The LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, New York




Present/ Art Square Studios on Almeda, Houston, Texas, U.S.A

2019 / Box 13, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.




English / Native 

French / Fluent in reading, writing, and speaking

Urdu / Fluent in reading, writing, and speaking

Hindi / Heritage speaker