*1969 Mexico City – lives in Barcelona

Gino Rubert, born in Mexico in 1969 to Spanish parents, is first and foremost a painter. He also creates drawings, videos, and installations, and writes short stories. The world depicted in his paintings is a domain of modern people – young women and, usually, a man resembling the artist – as well as numerous enigmatic, complex relations involving these figures individually or in relation to others.

As a young man, Rubert studied illustration at the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, New York. However, he quickly realised that his work was rather hindered than supported. He left for Barcelona and unsuccessfully sought employment as an illustrator for magazines, newspapers, and publishers. It seems that he became an artist rather by chance: a family friend from Mexico, a painter herself, encouraged him to follow his passion for free art. He spent a few months in Cuernavaca, followed by years of prolific painting, making references to the local artistic tradition, post-impressionist Catalonian paintings, and classical works.

In 1993, he received the Sala Parés award in Barcelona. From 1993 to 1994, he was granted a state scholarship from the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Photographs became a crucial material in his artistic works, despite his early personal experiences and experiments with wood and artificial grass as collage elements. He picks them up at flea markets in Barcelona, New York, and around Mexico; he also uses photos from illustrated magazines, as well as pictures of himself.

He applies thick layers of paint to the canvas, then cuts out certain areas and replaces them with other materials. The boundary between the painting and the photograph is often so blurred that it seems completely incomprehensible to the viewers – yet fascinating. The sharp contrast between the realistic representation, the surreal spatial structures, and the deformed, grotesque, elegant, and delicate marionette-like figures is also unnerving: both beautiful and shocking, real and bizarre.

The black-and-white photographs are often very old, depicting unknown, long-gone people. For Rubert, working with them is a way of coping with the passage of time and death, and, metaphorically, a way of giving each soul a new body.

Rubert mainly paints in his studio in Barcelona, occasionally travelling to Berlin to work there. He was a lecturer at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, at the Centro Cultural de España in Montevideo, Uruguay, and at the Escola Massana and the EINA art and design university in Barcelona.


Available Works

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2017 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2016 MACBA, Barcelona

2014 Galeria Senda, Barcelona

2012 Claire Oliver Gallery, New York

2010 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin | Can Sisteré Centre d’art Contemporani. Santa Coloma Gramanet, Barcelona

2009 Círculo de Lectores, Barcelona

2008 Museu de l’Empordà, Figueres, Spain

2007 Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo, Japan | Spielzimmer, Galería Anita Beckers, Frankfurt

2006 Museo Gustavo de Maeztu, Navarra

2005 Museo de la Universidad de Alicante, Alicante | Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

2004 Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Japan

2003 Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Bogotá

2002 Diario Levante, Valencia | Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami

2001 Salon du Printemps, Montreal | New Art Gallery, Barcelona

2000 Centro Cultural El Tanque, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

1999, 1997, 1996 David Beitzel Gallery, New York

1995 Galería SENDA, Barcelona | Galería Trece, Ventalló

1994 Caja Municipal de Pamplona, Spain

1992 Galería Brok, Barcelona

1991 Galería Tartessos, Barcelona

Exhibitions with Gino Rubert

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