Ruben Ubiera's Signature Gorilla Will Grace Two More Miami Murals
|Photos by Robert Dempster|
|The artist, getting down to monkey business.|
Since being voted Best Street Artist in New Times' Best of Miami 2012 polls (an experience he calls "humbling") Ruben Ubiera has been keeping busy with murals, public art, and gallery work alike. The gorilla is on the rise, literally and metaphorically.
Since its inception in 2010, Ruben's gorilla," aka his urban pop/post-grafism art, has moved from the streets and into galleries and collectors' homes, earning him a viable spot within the gallery space. "Graffiti and street art is the 4,000-pound gorilla sitting in the museums and galleries now," Ruben says.
The gorilla is, naturally, a favorite object for Ubiera; he has painted many variants of the colossal ape on canvas, wood and walls. And his newest gorillas are heading back to the street. In fact, one will join Ubiera's existing Wynwood mural, "Monkey Bidniss," this week.
With projects in the works in Broward and beyond, it's nice to know that at least a few of Ubiera's iconic apes will call Miami their permanent home.
Check out Ruben Ubiera's new mural at 27th Street and North Miami Avenue; it's scheduled for completion this weekend. The site is just a few steps away from Jimmy'z Kitchen. (Ubiera, for the record, especially recommends the churrasco mofongo.)
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