Ruben Ubiera’s “Urban Pop Soul” at Filling Station Lofts
Nearly two years ago, A+E sought to bring the wonders of Wynwood and Miami’s powerful visual art scene inside the walls of Filling Station Lofts for colorful installations that have now become a part of the everyday life within the building. The project took over the main lobby and each subsequent elevator waiting areas and assigned nearly a dozen artists to the task of transforming the lobbies into exhibition space thanks to local creative powerhouse, Daniel “Krave” Fila. As we keep highlighting the participants, let’s take a look at Ruben Ubiera.
He’s a Dominican-born, Bronx graffiti-bred master. He’s grounded in his roots. His realm is spray painted walls dripping like melted popsicles onto the floor where every installation, every mural, pops out at you with a soul so visceral you fall into complete silence and want to dance at the same time. His works are site-specific and full of life…and lots of coffee, where the seriousness of the industry is played with until you smile. You can see his work around town and even the world.
For the Beyond The Walls initiative at Filling Station Lofts, you can find his floor-to-ceiling mural in the upper levels. The piece shows Ubiera’s skills at 3-dimensionality and bringing in the outside world with pieces found on the street including buckets and paint brushes. Birds on a wire stand out in pitch black stencil while a stern gorilla rests with flag in-hand, ready to take on anything–much like its creator. It’s colorful, yet subdued, and totally awesome.