This coming Saturday, June 18, 2011, entrepreneur Michael Margulies with his eponymous artist agency that specializes in Postgraffism, will present a compilation of Ruben Ubiera’s works with the exhibition titled “From Within, a Postgraffism Exploration” at 101 Gallery Space in the Design District.
Three years have passed since Dominican-born Ubiera presented his design for a deck-off competition to create a mural in Lauderhill for Neighborhood Skateshop, a Broward New Times 2008 Best of Award store very popular among the best skateboarders, including Ubiera himself.
Winning the competition was not something unusual for this urban pop, neo-figurative artist.
At Salem High School, Massachusetts, Ubiera secured a silver and gold medals in the Boston Globe’s Scholastic Awards, a Union Latina Scholarship and a full-tuition Fernando Botero’s International Scholarship to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Since then, Ubiera has produced a large body of work exhibiting in the U.S. Department of State ART in Embassies Program, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Edge Zone Contemporary Arts in Wynwood, and at the Lost Souls Gallery in Los Angeles.
Two weeks ago, Ubiera was part of a collective exhibition at Studio 18 titled “The Fine Line,” presented by The City of Pembroke Pines Parks & Recreation Department.
Ubiera is the first Artist In Residence at Studio 18 and has been credited to have taught there the first Post Graffism class in South Florida.
One of the most life-changing moments in Ubiera’s life comes when his family moved to New York City, to the Bronx from the Dominican Republic in 1990.
His family had a high social standing in Santo Domingo. His father was the Editor-in-Chief of Listin Diario, one of the leading newspapers in the Dominican Republic for over 22 years.
“Both of my parents had a TV show; my siblings and I went to private Catholic School, we had maidservants and lived a life where everything was provided to us,” said Ubiera from his studio at Studio 18.
“It was absolutely weird, completely insane, to move from one place with a privileged lifestyle to another completely unassuming,” added Ubiera.
Although Ubiera’s work has been inspired by the raw elements of graffiti in the Bronx, he has never actually done it.
“I did some tags, but I did not feel that I wanted to jump into it passionately like other friends did,” said Ubiera.
For Ubiera graffiti has no law that dictates what to do. “As opposed to other forms of drawings, graffiti lets you do whatever you want to do, anywhere in any public space.”
As with Postgraffism, Ubiera will explore from within what it takes to finding his style and visual language expressing his views in experimentation in the most impromptu mood.
From Within | A Postgraffism Exploration
Exhibition Opening Preview
Friday, June 17th, 2011
Exhibition Opening Reception
Saturday June 18th – Monday July 11th, 2011
101/Exhibit101 NE 40th Street Miami, FL 33137
For more information, 305.972.8962