The Americas

Santiago Rubino

Born 1979, Argentina

Rubino is a self-taught artist who first became known to the local police and the admiring public for his exquisite graffiti paintings. He is now, however, leading a successful career as a contemporary artist who is channelling his energies into painting beautiful black graphite drawings in his Miami studio.

His art is inspired as much by dreams as by chance encounters with complete strangers. His beautiful creatures with their pensive and melancholy expressions evoke feelings of love, sadness and longing. Dark-haired figures dominate sparse backgrounds giving the impression of characters alone in a desert, or even outer space. Spanning time as well as space, Rubino draws on sepia toned paper and attires his subjects in anything from Victorian dresses to S&M spiked heel black leather boots. These juxtapositions give his works a timeless quality that adds to the eeriness and universality of their appeal. His drawings reveal a dark undertone to the work that addresses the human capacity for evil and destruction in the face of beauty.

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