Alejandro Rubio

Rubio is a Contemporary Chicano Artist, San Antonio born and raised in the West Side. As an arts organizer, Rubio has instructed and coordinated local community-based public art programming through non-profit arts organizations. Rubio has mentored area high school youth in studio art techniques, public art commissions and early exhibition experience with Community Cultural Arts Organizations including the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Anto Cultural Arts Organization and most recently the Contemporary at Blue Star MOSAIC Student Artist Program, and currently, the San Antonio Street Art Initiative, Youth Arts Program.

Rubio’s artwork has been exhibited locally at the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum and the Contemporary at Blue Star.Rubio’s work is also featured in national touring exhibitions, including those of the private collections of Cheech Marin and Joe A. Diaz.

Rubio has received national recognition with grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. Rubio was curated into the Artpace International Artist-in- Residency Program and received an Artpace, London Travel Grant, and the Contemporary Berlin Residency.
In March 2011-2020, Rubio founded and curated R Space & Rubio Gallery South, which presents the debut exhibitions of undiscovered, developing, and emerging local artists.

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Rubio is a Latino descendant, native born San Antonian. Rubio has been invested in San Antonio Art history for the past 37 years, where he has shared his experiences by mentoring high school student youth, developing and emerging artist in our community. 

Rubio’s was inspired by mentors to establish a cohesive visual presence as one of San Antonio’s home-grown artists, following in the footsteps of local artists like Jesse Treviño, Cesar Martinez and Kathy Vargas. Beginning with his first experience with the Community Cultural Arts Organization as a teen muralist in the Cassiano Housing Projects, Rubio has worked to share his art process with future generations of San Antonio youth with programs like, the Contemporary MOSAIC Student Artist Program, San Anto Cultural Arts Organization, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Organization and the San Antonio Street Art Initiative: Teen Arts Program.

Rubio is dedicated in continuing to serve our community through public art works, including permanent public art installations such as the San Pedro Creek Culture Park and The City of San Antonio, Underpass Color Pallet Project which offer visitors a creative view of public art landmarks and local artists devotion to San Antonio creative community.

Rubio’s studio practice focuses on following through with a lifetime body of work, which has its origin in personal story telling and narrative images inspired by his upbringing in the west side of San Antonio. Rubio illustrates personal experiences and life events which directed him to depict images that document his development as a contemporary chicano artist.

Rubio’s wishes to reflect and unite his viewers through his versatile painting style that has bridged visual figurative and representational boundaries by abstracting his signature, curvilinear line design combined with bold color graphic pallets, inspired by our contemporary artistic culture. 

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