About Me

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Andrew Ruhren's Biography

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     I am an artist/professor who worked in the NYC area for 15 years before I moved my family to Japan and bought a small English school. This is my first book of illustrated word puzzles which evolved from my teaching experiences there. Although these drawings began as a fun way to engage my young students with vocabulary, they have expanded to include challenges for everyone, even the most advanced puzzle lover. Each detail-packed drawing is overflowing with my love for traveling, history, science, art, music, and food.

     I am currently working on my second book of illustrated word puzzles based on English word lists of homophones, homonyms, anagrams, loan words from other languages, and more.

  • Born and raised in River Vale, New Jersey, USA

  • BFA and MFA from Long Island University, New York, USA

  • Taught for Long Island U., Molloy College, and Marymount Manhattan College

  • Courses included sculpture, computer graphics, drawing, ceramics, and art history