Santiago Rubino At The Wynwood Walls
Santiago Rubino brings a fine art component to the Wynwood Walls with his three panel painting of female figures. The artist, who has been painting walls around Miami since 1995 and in Wynwood specifically since 2004, started with a more graffiti background and transitioned into bringing his fine art style to an outdoor setting, as he evolved artistically. Rubino, more apt to express himself through his work, than words, ultimately, “paints from the heart,” as he explains, to create what is “visually pleasing.”
Represented by Spinello Gallery, Rubino has had solo shows in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. The artist has been a part of an extensive amount of exhibitions including a showing at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in LA and at selected art fairs such as the Armory Show in New York with the Jack Shainman Gallery and Scope Miami with the Spinello Gallery. His work can also be found at the newly constructed St. Regis Hotel in Bal Harbour, as well as having a special exhibition at the Jimmy Choo Store at the Bal Harbour shops earlier this year. Rubino, a self taught artist influenced by fashion, looks forward to collaborating with the fashion world bringing his art to life through textiles.
Describing the influential styles in his work as a mixture of comic book, graffiti, and anime, there is an inherent ancient depth behind the fine lines and curves of Rubino’s artistry. Santiago notes that in addition to fashion, other signature influences include nature, Egypt, sacred geometry, mysticism, and technology. The romantic strokes found in his work are perhaps inspired by the traditional renaissance craftsmanship he was exposed to as a child. Later on as a teenager, Martha Cooper’s seminal book, Subway Art, inspired the artist to take his craft to a public setting.
As his work can be found in Tony Goldman’s private collection, Santiago was approached by Anthony Spinello and Meghan Coleman to contribute to the Wynwood Walls this Basel. The passing of Goldman can be subtly felt in his piece with the portrait of the woman’s eyes closed. Santiago describes it as a more meditative and reflective state. During the process, artist, Kanye West, visited the Wynwood Walls to witness the progression of the city’s art scene, a direct result of Goldman’s contribution to the Arts in Miami.