Francesc Ruiz IN RESiDENCE at the School Doctor Puigvert

Thanks to his brother’s comic book collecting hobby, Francesc Ruiz came into contact at a very young age with the more experimental side of the Barcelona comic book of the nineteen-eighties, beginning to produce his own, an activity that he would later bring to the field of contemporary art, using cartoons as a means of expression.

Ruiz’s work uses the comic book as an aesthetic, narrative and intellectual “substrate”, as well as historic and operational material. Using the cartoon as a form of container or description of reality, he generates possible stories that reveal the workings that lead to the construction of social and individual identities, sexual identity and the identity of the urbs

According to the artist, “the comic book is one of the most interesting media to discover the city, its inhabitants and how they relate".

Ruiz’s works often take the shape of bookshops or kiosks, or unfold through unusual distribution systems, intervening in the course of reality, in what he calls the "expanded comic" (a way of understanding the comic book without limitations of space or conceptual constraints).

Biography written in 2014

School Doctor Puigvert

In the 2012-2013 academic year, this plural, active, participatory state school took part in the In Residence with Lluís Bisbe. The result was the work Desalumnologia (“Depupilology”), which was installed at the school itself. In the fifth edition of the project (2013-2014), the guest artist was Jaume Ferrete. For the third consecutive time, Institut Doctor Puigvert took part in the programme with a group of first-year ESO compulsory secondary education pupils.


The Institut Doctor Puigvert is very close to the Nus de la Trinitat highway interchange and the Besòs River. It began to take in pupils in 1985 even though the building was not officially opened until 1991-1992. The staff agreed to name it in honour of the urologist Antoni Puigvert, whose childhood was closely linked to the neighbourhood, where he lived as a small boy. 


Students 4th of ESO:
David Bonachera, Jordi Buded, Elissa Chen, Sara Dalmau, Dàryl Díaz, Yasir El Mrini, Ricard Ferrer, Haojie Lin, Almudena Maluenda, Pol Martínez, Marc Molina, Sara Oliva, Alicia Pereira, Paula Pizarro, Denis Ruiz and Yasser Sarghini

Mercè Gaja (educational coordinator and teacher of visual education) and Montserrat Ciuró (director)

Curation and coordination:
MNAC – Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Directed by:
Culture Institute of Barcelona
Barcelona Education Consortium