A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Rubio has lived in Davis since 2001 and has exhibited at solo art shows in San Francisco, Sacramento, Davis and Woodland; and in group exhibitions throughout northern California, in addition to solo and group shows in his hometown of Montevideo. There, from an early age, he became acquainted with the work of Uruguayan native artist Joaquin Torres Garcia, and took classes for six years at the Escuela del Sur (School of the South), where Rubio’s father was a member. From this exploration, Rubio gained an understanding of twentieth century art and the important role of the artist during this time, as well as discovering his own ‘voice’ as an artist.
“I imagine a connection between the fractured land and the lives of the people who inhabit it, and from this I draw my inspiration,” Rubio said in his artist statement. He goes on to say that, “… the impact of the landscape and the light can easily be seen in my paintings. I let those influences filter through my practice in the studio.”
The exhibit’s opening reception will be held on Friday, September 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., coinciding with downtown Woodland’s First Friday Art Walk and will be attended by Rubio. The live music of fourteen year old guitarist, Josh Wisterman, will be featured from 6-8 p.m. The reception will be hosted by YoloArts board member, Susan Lord Bovey and wine from Turkovich Family Wines, sponsored by Roth Ranch, will be served.
“FLATSCAPES” will run through October 3 at Gallery 625, the public art gallery curated by YoloArts and located in the Erwin Meier Administration Building, 625 Court Street in Woodland. Regular gallery viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call YoloArts at 530-406-4844, or visit the website at yoloarts.org.