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.
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. She has taken Street Anatomy from a small blog to a fully branded platform with an international following.
Vanessa is currently Creative Director at Wolters Kluwer Health, creating engaging and empathetic digital experiences that help people understand their health. She leads a multidisciplinary team of writers, animators, medical artists, UX and data visualization designers to create experiences that drive patient engagement and outcomes based on behavioral science principles.
She has an extensive background in health & wellness advertising, patient engagement, medical illustration, product design, and art curation. In 2015, Vanessa was chosen to be a speaker at TEDMED and she currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board helping to nominate artists to the TEDMED stage.
Articles + Interviews + Talks
Anatomy: Exploring the Human Body by Phaidon Editors with an introduction by Professor Thomas Schnalke. Selected texts written by Vanessa Ruiz for artists Max Brödel, Pauline Lariviere, and Ron Mueck. 2019.
The Power of Visualization for Healthcare: A Conversation with Vanessa Ruiz
Wolters Kluwer Health – Emmi Solutions Blog. 2018.
The future of infusing art into anatomy
Ruiz V. TEDMED Blog. 2016.
The Spellbinding Art of Human Anatomy
TEDMED Palm Springs, CA 2015 (video)
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.
Emily Evans – Writing Contributor
Emily 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 emilyevansillustration.com