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. The National Museum of Chile, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago has invited him to present a solo exhibition in the fall of 2016. Rubio was born in Chile in 1956 and has lived in the United States since 1979,
Raiundo Rubio, well known within the Washington, DC arts community before before moving to Brooklyn in 1999, returns to Washington for an exhibition of his latest works at the Chilean Embassy.
Rubio makes paintings filled with explosions of color which emit a dynamic restlessness and are affected by the worlds of comic and astral space. Heinvestigates the geometry and the mathematical properties inherent in our lives.
In these new paintings, Rubio seeks to find and represent the hidden spaces residing between the impetuous forces of the subconscious and the controlling mechanisms of reason and the conscious. In particular, the surfaces enact a collision between the rational and the emotional, between nature and culture, opposite aspects that are at once reciprocal and inseparable.
(left) Untitled #14, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 46 in. (right) Untitled #1, 2014, acrylic on unprimed canvas, 18 x 18 in.
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.