Ruth Cyril, printmaker, designer, painter and craftsperson, was born in New York on July 7, 1938. She studied at the Greenwich House Art School, School of Contemporary Art, New York University, New School and the Art Students’ League where she studied under Vaclav Vytlacil, Nathaniel Dirk and Hans Hoffman. Cyril received a Fulbright fellowship to study at the Sorbonne in 1957 and she studied etching and engraving at Atelier 17 with Stanley William Hayter in New York and Paris. She was a member of the La Guilde de la Gravure, Paris and the Society of American Graphic Artists.
Cyril’s numerous solo exhibitions were mounted at La Guilde de la Gravure, Brooks Memorial Museum, McNay Art Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Grosvenor Gallery, Corning Glass Museum, and the Smithsonian Institute (among others). Her work is in the collections of the Massillon Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress, Corning Glass Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, McNay Art Institute, Brooks Memorial Museum and many others. Cyril died in New York in December of 1988.