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Courtesy of Ruben Ubiera

In honor of our “People” issue, which will hit newsstands November 17, New Times proudly presents “100 Creatives,” where we feature Miami’s cultural superheroes. Have suggestions for future profiles? Let us know in the comments.

#95: Ruben Ubiera

Ruben Ubiera calls his style “postgraffism,” or more preferably “urban pop,” a careful blend of graffiti art and surrealism. The characters splashed across his large-scale murals are fantastical, inventive, and heavily inspired by the sights and sounds of urban living. He breathes life into the bare walls that beg to be struck with color and whimsy, and he uses paint as his tool in revealing the human experience.

Born in the Dominican Republic and having moved to the Bronx at age 15, Ruben Ubiera had an early introduction to graffiti art and saw firsthand the unique relationship between man and his urban environment. His art has no frames and is fluid in execution, much like the ever-changing city streets they line. Ubiera is known for his use of reclaimed objects – pieces of wood and even cigar boxes – with figures and stories depicting the complexity of human emotion in graphic display, always with a graffiti aesthetic.

Ubiera has certainly made his mark on this city. His murals decorate some of the most coveted walls in South Florida’s art spaces. He is regularly commissioned by local restaurants and agencies to add energy and distinction to their public spaces. Looking through Ubiera’s bright-colored lenses, it’s easy to get lost in the narrative his work creates — an imaginative perspective on the urban evolution.

Courtesy of Ruben Ubiera

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