Photo by  Franco Vogt

Photo by Franco Vogt

As a teenager in the monochromatic surroundings of Levittown, Pennsylvania, Larry Ruhl discovered antique objects and antique books, opening the door to the highly personal visual world he still inhabits. Larry’s degree in Display and Exhibit Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology earned him a spot on a design and production team that printed fabrics for the home sewing industry. In 2004, after several years in NYC, Ruhl moved to New York’s Hudson Valley, to open his first retail venture, High Falls Mercantile, in High Falls, NY.

Originally a home furnishings and design resource, the shop soon became a widely recognized outlet for Larry’s visual expression. The displays he created for shoppers were recognized as works of art themselves. While doing extensive interior design work, Larry was invited to participate in Housing Works’ Design On A Dime events, where he showcased his signature use of antique book pages as a decorative medium.

His styling and design projects have been featured in the New York Times, Period House, and Country Living magazines. In 2014, Ruhl moved on from his store, to concentrate on his art and writing. His visual art currently focuses on paper works and sculptural forms. His first book, Breaking the Ruhls, was released in the spring of 2018. 

Larry Ruhl’s Curriculum Vitae