Born Ruth Jên Evans at Cefn Llwyd, she studied on an Art Foundation Course at Carmarthen before completing a degree in fine art in Cardiff (1983-1987), specialising in printmaking. She returned to Aberystwyth having completed her studies, and worked for the Academi Gymreig, and doing book cover illustration work on a freelance basis for the local publishers, Y Lolfa. She painted the first infamous mural in Tal-y-bont in 1991, on the side of the old Lolfa building.
Ruth Jên’s illustration work is often done in mixed media, such as combining painting, collage and printmaking techniques.
Awards and honours
- Bilingual Design Awards, Welsh Language Board 2002