Ruth Leaf is an American printmaker renowned for her etchings and woodcuts. Born in New York City, she studied at the New School for Social Research, the Art Students League and Atelier 17 with innovative printmaker, Stanley William Hayter. During her career, she has worked with a variety of print methods including etching, woodcuts, monoprints, computer prints and mixed media. She passed away in 2015
For many years, Ruth lived and worked in her studio in Douglaston, New York. There she founded the Ruth Leaf Studio School where a generation of American printmakers received her tutelage. In conjunction with her teaching, she wrote Etching, Engraving and Other Intaglio Printmaking Techniques (Watson-Guptill). It continues to be a pivotal text for art students and printmakers.