Raimundo address the power of the subconscious and the control of reason, the collision between the rational and the emotional and between nature and culture. These opposite aspects are at once reciprocal and inseparable. Rubio’s most recent work examines the historical transformation of visiual signs in different cultures throughout history. His paintings juxtapose notions of depth and surface, prodound and superficiial, while revealing the changing role of visual signs in the representation of culture.
In the 1990’s Rubio lived in Washington, DC and the city’s art lovers and critics regarded him as one of their favorite artists. For the last 17 years, Rubio has lived in Brooklyn and has exhibitbed his work in New York City. Twelve years since his last exhibition in Washington, his work is presently on view at The Embassy of Chile.
His work has been exhibited at the Embassy of Chile, The Corcoral Gallery, Washington, DC, Chelsea Art Museum, NY and Museo del Barrio, NY. Recently, Rubio presented his work in a solo exhibition at The National Museum of Chile, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago, Chile.. Rubio was born in Chile in 1956 and has lived in the United States since 1979,
Raimundo Rubio was born on 1956 in Santiago, Chile to a family of artists. His mother was the niece of Vicente Hudobro a well-recognized poet of great international prominence. His father, Alberto Rubio, a lawyer for Salvador Allende, was also a poet as were his brother, Armando Rubio, and nephew, Rafael Rubio.As a small child, Raimundo showed talent for drawing, and his parents enrolled him in private art classes from the age of 7 to receive formal artistic training, At age 18, a military coup upset the presidency of Salvador Allende and the family was placed in jeopardy because of their association with Allende’s regime. One of his brothers was killed during the revolution and Raimundo was sent to Washington, DC where he worked in many menial jobs to support himself while he pursued his dream of becoming an artist. After five years, he went to Barcelona which would be an important center for Rubio for the next few years. Although he received no more formal instruction, he became seeped in the aura of Picasso and worked as a painter and restorer of old masterpieces. By1979, he had moved back to Washington, DC where he was popular with artists, gallerists, collectors and curators. His work was shown in many private and alternative spaces. In 1999, he moved to New York where he found an equally receptive and thriving art scene. Rubio’s work has been shown in ten solo gallery and museum exhibitions in Washington, DC, Santiago de Chile, Barcelona, Spain and New York.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
1974-1978 The Fred Yarvis Academy of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile.
1970-1973 Totila Albert Academy, Santiago, Chile, Studied painting under the direction of Kurt Herdan.
1978-1979 The School for Experimental Art, Santiago, Chile.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Museo Nacional Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile.
2015 Chilean Embassy, Washington, DC.
2013 Isabel Aninat Gallery, Santiago, Chile.
2003 Irvine Contemporary Art Gallery, Washington DC.
Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
2000 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
1999 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
1994 Carla Stellweg Gallery, New York, NY.
1993 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
1988 Piscolabis Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
1987 El Cerro Gallery, Santiago, Chile.
1986 Fondo del Sol Gallery, Washington, DC.
2004 Surface Tension, Chelsea Art Museum, curated by Manon Slome, New York, NY.
Earthly and Spiritual Pleasures: Works from the Collection. Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington DC.
2003 The S-Files, El Museo del Barrio, New York, N.Y.
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2014 Gallery Group Show, Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA.
2013 Unhinged, Pierogi Gallery, curated by Joe Amrhein, New York, NY.
ONE: Inagurural Exhibition, Green Chalk Gallery, Monterey, CA.
2010 The Sixth Borough: No longer Empty, curated by Manon Slom and Julian Navarro at Governors Island, New York, NY (Totem- installation).
2009 No longer Empty, the Chelsea Hotel, New York, NY, curated by Manon Slome and Ashe Remy-Toledo.
2003 Known and New in Contemporary Art, Washington DC, Irvine Contemporary, Washington DC.
2001 Flat File, Pierogi 2000, New York, NY.
Emotional Attachment, District Fine Art, Washington DC , Traveling Exhibition.
Under the Influence - A Synthesis of Culture, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Sublime Landscape, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
1995 Latin American Painters, Freites-Revilla Gallery,Boca Raton, Florida
Circa Summer '95, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
Crosscurrents '94: Lingua Pittura, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
The Tree, Sasakawa Peace Foundation Gallery, Washington, DC.
International Art Fair, Carla Stellweg Gallery, Miami, Florida.
Gallery Artists, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
Latin American Painters, Freites-Revilla GalleryB oca Raton, FL.
Significant Painting, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
Vistas, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC.
1993 Lingua Pittura, Painting's Evolving Agendas, Emerson Gallery, McLean, VA.
1990 Supermerc'art, Barcelona, Spain.
Magda Bellotti, Algeciras, Spain.
1989 Fondo del Sol Gallery, Washington, DC.
Supermerc'art, Barcelona, Spain.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1992 Member, Advisory Panel, District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
1990 Individual Artist Grant, Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and The National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC
2013 Sommer, Waldemar, “Sink or swim”, Artes y Letras. EL MERCURIO, 7/14/13.
2003 Dawson, Jessica, “It takes a Heap o’ dust to make ‘house-home’”. THE WASHINGTON POST, 12/11/03.
2002 Rosenberg, Karen, “The “S” Files 2002: The Selected Files”, El Museo del Barrio, New York, CITY SEARCH, 11/22/02.
Robinson, Walter, "The “S” Files 2002: The Selected Files, El Museo del Barrio", ARTNET, 1/6/02.
2000 Protzman, Ferdinand, "Rubio at Anton", THE WASHINGTON POST, 12/00.
1997 Crumlish, Rebecca, "Suenos y Simbolos", THE WASHINGTON REVIEW, 12/97.
1995 Howell, George, "Raimundo Rubio", ART PAPERS, 10/11/95.
Cohen, Jean, "Raimundo Rubio at Anton", WHERE MAGAZINE, May.
1994 Richard, Paul, "The Canvas of Dreams", THE WASHINGTON POST, 9/9/95.
Shaw-Eagle, Joanna, "Trees: Mirrors of artist's souls", THE WASHINGTON TIMES.
1978-1979 The School for Experimental Art, Santiago, Chile, 7/ 21/94.
Buchard, Hank, "Cultural Echo in Tree Art", THE THE WASHINGTON POST, 7/17/94.
McCoy, Mary, In the Spirit of Nature, THE THE WASHINGTON POST, 6.25/94.
1993 Wilson, Janet, "Raimundo Rubio at Anton", THE THE WASHINGTON POST, 1/23/93.
Crumlish, Rebecca, "Stepping into the Picture with Raimundo Rubio", AMERICAS, 1- 2/93. Color photos.
Mahoney, J.W., “Lingua Pittura”, ART PAPERS, 9-10/93.
1991 Grandes Achados, ARTES & LEILOS, 12-1/91.
The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington DC.
The World Bank, Washington DC.
Kaye, Scholer LLP, New York, NY.