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David Ruggeri is a St. Louis based graffiti and pop artist, whose art career has not followed a typical trajectory. After leaving art school in the early 90s, Ruggeri hitchhiked to Alaska where he worked in a cannery and on a fishing boat. He then backpacked though Europe before returning to the US to earn a bachelor’s in business, MBA, Master of Applied Economics, MPH, and PhD degrees. During this time art has remained a constant, drawing and painting every chance he could. Ruggeri has used his vast experiences to create and inform his pop art and graffiti-style paintings.

Ruggeri’s work is filled with a rebellious energy and a heavy dose of nostalgia. Using bold, bright colors and a variety of media such as spray paint, acrylic paint, and ink; each piece is visually commanding. Ruggeri utilizes multiple layers and textures to provide depth to each piece. Ranging from whimsical to thought provoking, each work resonates with a diverse audience, elicits reaction, and inspires conversation. The intent is to hold the viewers’ attention through creative visual imagery and his unique style. These works bring the artist and viewer to a place and time from their past. This may be an arcade in a long abandoned mall, sitting in front of a console television set on a Saturday morning decades ago, or sneaking a quick smoke behind the high school gymnasium wearing classic sneakers.




Elaine Fleck Gallery, Represented, Summer Exhibition

Elaine Fleck Gallery, Fleck Fine Art, March

Elaine Fleck Gallery, NEW WORKS, curated by Elaine Fleck, February 



Elaine Fleck Gallery, Group Show, June (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Van Der Plas Gallery, “At A Crossroads” Group Show, April 29- May 8 (New York, New York)
Angad Arts Hotel, “Re-Play” Featured Artist, March 4- May 29th (St. Louis, Missouri)
Soulard Art Gallery, “Pop Goes the Easel” Group Show, February 18- March 18 (St. Louis, Missouri)


Sour Mouse Gallery, “New York State of Mind” Group Show, November (New York, New York)
Angad Arts Hotel, 4th Biannual Exhibition, Group Show, May- October (St. Louis, Missouri)
Melvin and Burks Gallery, Group Show, May (Lakeland, Florida)
San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, “Call of the Wild” Group Show, May (Encino, California)

Jones Gallery, Group Show, March (Kansas City, Missouri)



St. Louis Magazine- February 2022

Authority Magazine- February 2022

KSDK Fox 5, St. Louis, MO- October 2021

KC Podcast Network, Kansas City, MO- September 2021

USA Art News- July 2021

KHOL, Jackson Hole, WY- July 2021

Creative Chats Podcast- July 2021

The Left Brain Artist Podcast- June 2021

LA Daily News, Los Angeles, CA 2021

The Ladue News, Ladue, MO- March 2021

The Pitch, Kansas City, MO- February 2021



Ph.D., Public Policy Analysis and Administration, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Master of Public Health, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

Master of Science in Applied Economics, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

MBA, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

B.S., Business Administration, Maryville University, St. Louis, MO