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Ruben Ubiera

Ruben Ubiera
Some Kind of Trouble, acrylic on reclaimed skateboard decks, 25.5" x 30"
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June 11, 2013 - September 3, 2013
Art Case, Concourse A/B Meeter-Greeter Lounge
Ruben Ubiera - SkateBoArt: Quiet Stillness
Ruben Gerardo Ubiera Gonzalez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1975. Ruben's extended family lives in Portland, Tenn. He, his wife, and three children visit there often. He is a neo-figurative artist known for his strong use of the line. He is best known for his urban murals and reclaimed-object driven pieces. Ubiera paints and draws in a style considered by many as Pop-Surrealism, but he prefers to call it Post Graffism. This is a new kind of urban art that is an eloquent evolution of what’s happening on the streets with graffiti. His work includes still-life and situational portraiture, but he tends to primarily focus on city landscapes.

About Post Graffism
“Post Graffism is the evolution of graffiti art as a whole – a more formal, planned and elevated realm of urban-derived creativity and visual experimentation. I paint what I see and depict it with graphic contrast, in concept and in execution. My work is driven by my childhood memories, experiences and my immediate ecosystem; the most everyday, mundane action captured in a new light, frozen in time by an outsider.”

Ubiera’s paintings, on first examination, are noted for being charged with “skateboard-isms,” paint drips and the constant presence of graffiti in some shape or form. But, after closer inspection, one notices the detail, sarcastic contrast, the social commentary and human struggle that are expressed by the technique and subject matter.

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