ARTIST PROFILE

 

Harak, submerges in recklessly but respectfully revealing imagery that responds openly and poetically at the same time. His are works in which spiritual contemplation finds its sanctuary invoking a dreamy space in its “incomplete” circular frame. That unfinished circle that repeats itself through symbols in his works turns into prayers of a secret religion rescuing icons in the horizons. Negative spaces that fit in a renewed way- technically impeccable and celebratory- are what always has been one of art’s themes: nature. Rubio’s work mostly refers to the experience that is space, so much in his circular metallic flourishes but in giving an appropriate atmosphere in his own dwelling, building places in nature or artificial places with impalpable shadows and widespread depth. Rubio “knows” consciously or unconsciously that “things are not what they are but they are that in which they turn into”. This committed and sensible artist turns the objects of his works into new interpretations of ancient symbols of the contemplation and comprehension of man and his environment.

 

Leopoldo Maler, Boca de Chavón, November, 2003

 


 

Harak Rubio’s works, even though they are different from each other, they turn into integral parts of a visual family, if merely in form. Harak makes use of circles but never completes them. Before the lines of these circles join, the artist swerves them to diverse and unexpected directions. These circles of life that are interrupted and turn in different directions remind us that the cycles of nature’s growth are not one-dimensional and that the development of the human spirit possess multiple possibilities.

 

Elaine Delgado Figueroa, November, 2001

 


 

The circle is the link between Harak Rubio’s works but we never see a complete circle; it’s always interrupted. It’s as if the artist would invite us to participate and continue the conversation that he started. Harak celebrates in the conception of volume open and free forms starting from circular surfaces in which the focus points are how those forms meet. The elements of design affirmatively manifest themselves when the light falls over the wide and soft curves or when the contrast of the texture provokes noted visual interest. That game, that illusion together with the curve’s sensuality define the essence of this sculptor that handles the round volume and the sculptural relief with taste and ease.

 

Adlin Ríos Rigau, University Professor, Sacred Heart University AICA - International Association of Art Critics, Puerto Rican Chapter, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November, 2001

 


 

 

"Guardián de la luna amarilla"

Steel, stainless steel and enamel, 35.5"h x 11"w x 7"d, 2009

"Guardián y el atardecer anaranjado"

Steel, stainless steel and enamel, 60"h x 21"w x 10"d, 2009

"El pez y su guardian"

Steel, stainless steel and enamel (wall sculpture) 58"h x 47"w x 15"d, 2010

"Luna Amarilla"

Steel, stainless steel and enamel (wall sculpture) 44"h x 32"w x 6"d, 2010

"Eterno corazón para mi guardián rojo"

Stainless steel and enamel, 35"h x 13"w x 6.5"d (limited edition)

"Mi luna y el guardián rojo"

Steel, stainless steel and enamel, 96"h x 30"w x 13"d, 2010

"El guardián y mi océano"

Steel, enamel and stone, 39.5"h x 10.5"w x 9"d, 2010

"La esperanza y mi guardián"

Steel, enamel and stone, 31"h x 8 "w x 8"d, 2010

"Guardián rojo"

Steel, stainless steel and enamel, 49"h x 21"w x 9"d

"Mi pequeño guardián azul"

Steel, enamel and stone, 21.5"h x 19.5 "w x 4"d, 2010

 

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Born in 1970 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1989 began his university career at the Colegio Regional of Utuado, Natural Sciences Faculty, where later he joins the Social Science Faculty. In 1991 he transfers to the Río Piedras Campus majoring in Juridical studies and continuing art studies at the same time. By 1992 he had already had completed his technical education in metals, having also at that time a very own defined style. That same year, he joins the production and motion industry specializing in Set Construction and Scenography Design. Between 1982 and 1992 he studied drawing, painting, graphic, sculpture and jewelry design with his progenitor, the renowned sculptor Pablo Rubio. Also between 1982 and 1985, he participated in the Isabel Vazquez Graphic Studio practicing different ceramic techniques with his grandmother Elena Sexto.

 

Since 1993 he works as Art Director for prestigious national and international advertising agencies and production companies. He had worked campaigns for Germany, Mexico, Ecuador, United States, Venezuela, France, Japan and Puerto Rico. Throughout his brilliant career, he had worked with important people in the film industry as Jacobo Morales, J. Melero, S. Carr, S. Hopkins, E. Delgado, M. Suriñaga, E. Mamery, Noel Quiñonez and Abdiel Colberg among others.

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2010

  • "Guardián Azul" "Blue Guardian"- Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

  • Harak Rubio- Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL

2009

  • “Guardians,Oceans and Windows” “Guardianes, Océanos y Ventanas”- The Jan & Gary Dario Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

2008

  • “Oceans and Windows” “Océanos y Ventanas”- Imago Gallery, FL

2005

  • "Desafío y Transición" “Defiance and Transition”- Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

2003

  • "Océano en Desafío" “Ocean in Defiance” - Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • "Mi Océano en Transición" “My Ocean in Transition” - Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

2000

  • “Movimientos en Revolución”, “Movements in Revolution”- Ateneo Puertorriqueño, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • “Movimientos Escénicos” “Scenic Movements”- Paoli’s Gallery, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico 

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2009

  • "Pensamientos Circulares"- Biaggi Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

2008

  • Primera Bienal Internacional de Escultura Guadalajara 2008- Museo de las Artes, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico

  • "10 Imágenes de Corretjer en el Tiempo", Fundación Nilita Vientós Gastón- Arsenal de la Puntilla, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Primera Bienal Internacional de Escultura, Fundación Es-Cultura A.C.-Calzada de los Héroes, León, Mexico

2006

  • Painting, Sculpture and Ceramics: Recent Works by Represented Artists-· Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Christmas Group Show- Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

  • Merrill Lynch Puerto Rico Art Week 2005- Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

  • II International Cement Biennial, Caguas, Puerto Rico

  • “Apoyarte”- Museo de las Américas, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Christmas Group Show: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and Photography- Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

  • III International Sculpture Symposium- University of Puerto Rico

  • III International Sculpture Symposium- Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico

  • VII Auction of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico

2003

  • Silent Auction Pro Scholarships for the School of Pharmacy- University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • “Esculturas para el Jardín” “Sculptures for the Garden”, IX Easter Festival- Botanical Gardens, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • “Muestra Nacional de Artes Plásticas” “National Review of the Plastic Arts”- Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • VI Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Great Auction, Santurce, Puerto Rico Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico

  • Art Auction, Banker’s Club, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

  • II Great Gala Art Auction for the American Red Cross, The San Juan Hotel & Casino, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Great Gala Art Auction for the American Red Cross- The San Juan Hotel & Casino, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico Auction- Barolo Restaurant, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • "Uno" “One”- Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

  • Art at The Hilton- Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico Christmas Auction- Santurce, Puerto Rico

  • II Steel Industry Biennial of Sculpture- All Steel Manufacturing, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

  • Group Show: I & II Sculpture Biennal of the Steel Industry- Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico

  • “Rubio, Harak: Dos Tiempos” “Rubio, Harak: Two Times”- Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

  • “Nuevos Horizontes” “New Horizons”- Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

2000

  • “Tres con Tres” “Three with Three”- Paoli’s Gallery, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Snow Fest 98 at Sarnia, Centennial Park, Ontario, Canada

1993

  • Contemporary Art, Level One, Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Third National Contest of Plastic Arts for the Young Artists- Art and Science Academy of Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Experimental Exposition of Collective Art- Music Room, Students' Center, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, Puerto Rico

  • Expo 1992: Avalo, Campos, Harak, José M. Lázaro Exposition Hall, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus Puerto Rico

  • Contemporary Art Festival, Botello Gallery, Plaza las Américas, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

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2008

  • "Eterno Corazón para mi Pueblo Viejo", 16’ X 10’diameter, corten steel and stainless steel, Guaynabo City, Puerto Rico

2007

  • "Paz y Esperanza para mi Eterno Corazón", 18’ diameter, steel, cold enamel- Calzada de los Héroes, Leon, Mexico, (soon to be relocated to another area of the city)

2005

  • “Desafío en el Río” “Defiance in the River”, 15’x 3’, concrete, Caguas, Puerto Rico

  • "Fuego Olímpico", 64’(h), steel, stainless steel and cement, Guaynabo City, Puerto Rico (under construction)

2004

  • “Nacimiento en Desafío” “Defiance in Birth”, 20’diameter, steel and stainless steel, Medical Science Precint, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

  • “Portal del Caribe” “ Portal of the Caribbean”, 8’x 12’x 4’, white cantera stone, Guadalajara, Mexico

2003

  • “Fuego Olímpico: en Honor a Olimpia” “Olympic Fire: honoring Olympia”, 50’x 24’, steel, stainless steel, stone and water, Carvajal Foundation, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

2002

  • “Absolut Transition”, relief mural 20’x 12’, mixed medium, Absolut Art in the Plaza, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • “Universo en Tres” “Universe in Three”, 9’diameter, steel, Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • His work are part of important individual and corporate art collections.

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2008

  • Selected to participate at the Guadalajara 2008 I International Sculpture Biennial- Guadalajara, Mexico

2007

  • Sculpture Second Prize, I International Sculpture Biennial- Fundación Es-Cultura A.C., León, Mexico

  • Selected to participate at the I International Sculpture Biennial- Fundación Es-Cultura A.C., León, Mexico

  • Selected to participate in the construction of sculpture Estrella Vítrea - Lumínica ( part of monumental sculpture Estrella del Norte, Bayamón, Puerto Rico)

2005

  • Selected to participate at the II International Cement Biennial, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Selected to participate at the III International Sculpture Symposium- Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico

2003

  • Selected to participate at the III International Sculpture Symposium of University of Puerto Rico to be celebrated in 2004.

  • Selected to participate with his artwork “Fuego Olímpico: en honor a Olimpia” “Olympic Fire: honoring Olympia” in Olympic Monument Invitational Contest, Carvajal Foundation, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

  • Selected to participate in “Monumental Sculpture’s Project” for Bayamon, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Invitation to participate at the II Steel Industry Biennial of Sculpture, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Special Invitation to participate in Snow Fest 98 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

1992

  • Sculpture Second Prize, II National Contest of Plastic Arts for Young Artists- Art and Science Academy of Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña

1991

  • Chosen among a selection of young sculptors for installing the monumental Pablo Rubio’s sculpture “Cristales de la Paz” “Crystals of Peace” at the Universal Expo of Sevilla, Spain

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