Meet the Artists

Whether you’re a serious art lover or a casual collector, ArtFest Fort Myers is the perfect place to connect in the world of art.

2022 Commemorative Artist - Leon F. Ruiz

ArtFest 2022 Poster
Headshot of Leon F. Luiz

Born in Mexico City as the youngest of six, Leon Ruiz comes from a long line of artists who have influenced his passion for painting. His medium of choice has been wide and varied, including acrylics, watercolors, epoxy, and oils. After experimenting with countless mediums, he has found his niche in oil and acrylic. He loves to create a nuanced interpretation of his vision by leveraging contrasting textures and colors. Leon sees his work as a product of his life, journey, and experiences.

"As a foreigner, I was surprised by how many beautiful urban areas make up this state. Florida seems to be in constant movement, not only created by the rhythm of the waves on its coastlines but by the way the palms sway when the air flows. This immense energy is also seen in the people that come in and out from different parts of the world."


He has been painting professionally for 30 years; his work has been exhibited in art shows and galleries throughout the U.S., and he has won multiple awards, including “Best in Show” at several art shows.

“The respect I have for our beautiful planet and the amazing creatures that live on it has caused me to find more eco-friendly materials to work with. It is my mission to create artwork that decorates homes and starts conversations about finding creative ways to reuse, recycle, and repurpose found materials.”

His Florida-inspired tropical paintings are a perfect fit for the 2022 ArtFest Fort Myers. We’re proud to have him as our commemorative artist this year.

Meet Top Artists in Person

As a juried art festival, we are choosy about the artists who come to ArtFest Fort Myers. In fact, only 1 in 5 artists who apply are invited to exhibit here, and they hail from dozens of states across the U.S. ArtFest is an artist’s and art lover’s destination — right here in Fort Myers.

Visit the Online Art Gallery and browse some of the quality of work at this year’s ArtFest. And make plans to chat with our artists, up close and in person, as you discover beautiful, handcrafted pieces in every booth. 

Add to a favorite collection — or begin your collection with your first art purchase. No matter your age and no matter your budget, you’re sure to find a treasure to call your own.

What Does it Mean to be a Juried Art Festival?

  • Artists apply by submitting digital images of their artwork and booth display.
  • A five-member panel of art professionals to review and score all entries. ArtFest staff members are not involved in the selection process -- it is done exclusively by art professionals.
  • The artists whose entries score highest in each category are invited to exhibit at ArtFest Fort Myers.
  • Artists are selected based upon quality of workmanship, originality and artistic conception, with a goal of creating a balanced and diverse show. All work must be created solely by the exhibiting artists.
  • Juried art festivals work hard to maintain the quality and professional integrity of each event. Exhibitors considered as "importers" and "production houses" are not allowed to exhibit
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Saturday and Sunday, February 5 & 6, 2022
Opening Night Friday, February 4
On the waterfront in historic downtown Fort Myers

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