Street Anatomy is obsessed with the beauty and intrigue of human anatomy. Founded in 2007 by Vanessa Ruiz, Street Anatomy is dedicated to showcasing how anatomy is visualized in art, design, and pop culture through our visual blog, gallery shows, and gallery store.

Anatomical illustration and medical imaging are breaking out of the confines of the medical world. Artists and designers are using anatomy to bring a human and emotional element to their art—as well as a touch of memento mori. Through Street Anatomy, Vanessa promotes artists who find innovative ways to portray anatomy in contemporary art, street art, tattoos, fashion, and beyond.

Street Anatomy is based in Chicago. You can also find us on FacebookTwitterFlickr, and Instagram!


Articles + Interviews + Talks

“The Spellbinding Art of Human Anatomy”
TEDMED Palm Springs, CA 2015

The future of infusing art into anatomy
Ruiz V. TEDMED Blog. 2016.

Anatomy for Everybody
Chen E. The Scientist. 2014.

Dissecting Art; Intersecting Anatomy
Schalecamp P. 2013. (video)

Bones & Blood Make Blog Pop Art: Medical Illustrator Jared Interviews Vanessa Ruiz
Travnicek J. Fortnight Journal. 2012.

Underneath It All: Medical illustration + pop culture = Web log
Knufken K. USD Magazine. 2008.



Street Anatomy Gallery Store

Here you’ll find art that has been featured on Street Anatomy and hand selected to be in the gallery store. We know our audience has a unique taste in all things anatomical and our goal is to become the number one purveyor of all your anatomical art needs.

Visit the store




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Gallery shows and events

We take anatomical art out of the online world and into the physical space through inventive gallery shows and events, always creating experiences that delight all of your anatomical senses through art, music, food, performance and beyond.

View upcoming and past shows





Looking to add anatomical art to your home, office, or any interior space? Need to find a medical illustrator or animator? We’ve established relationships with some of the most talented artists and professional medical visualizers over the years and we’re happy to recommend someone you’ll love as much as we do.

Contact us for recommendations!



About the Founder


Obsessed with the beauty and intrigue of human anatomy Vanessa Ruiz founded Street Anatomy in 2007 while getting her Master of Science degree in Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago—one of only five medical illustration graduate programs in North America. She has taken Street Anatomy from a small blog to a fully branded platform with an international following.

As a trained medical illustrator, Vanessa encompasses the perfect balance of scientific analysis with creative execution. With over 7 years of experience crafting user interface designs ranging across pharmaceutical, healthcare, lifestyle, and agricultural industries, she is able to dissect complex information into simplicity through design and interaction.



Emily Evans – Writing Contributor

Emily EvansEmily Evans, BSC PGCE MMAA RMIP, is an Anatomist and Medical illustrator. She has been working as a Medical Illustrator for the last 12 years and works from her studio in London UK. Emily is also senior demonstrator of anatomy at Cambridge University, UK, teaching the medical students human dissection and anatomy.

Additionally, Emily is the author and illustrator of ‘Anatomy in Black’, owner and designer at Anatomy Boutique, Anatomist and Artist in Residence at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York and a Member of the Medical Artists’ Association of Great Britain, the Institute of Anatomical Sciences and the Anatomical Society. View her medical illustration and art at