"A consistent collection of weightlessness is felt when approaching the pieces. For example in the carvings there is a very flexible geometry that opens the space. Thus we seem to be facing floating arabesques whose projection reveals cosmic ambitions.
Likewise, the canvases are trustees of the free brushstrokes with which apparently he seeks to unleash colorful reflections generated from the inner layers reflected on the surfaces of each composition. In both manifestations, the artist integrates a representative action of vital cycles whose adaptability reveals special purposes. Using color he imprints tonal gradients that give thermal quality to the surfaces, and patinas on metal provide similar phenomena.
...His handling of a varied palette expressed by the mediation of strokes present the opportunity to demonstrate the participation of the artist as a protagonist in his work.
... establishes speculative guidelines that can be accessed from various angles. The not so evident is transformed into the center of attraction with the possible intention of activating the viewer's faculties for critique. In his case there is a formality that serves as an agent nourishing the conceptual."
José Antonio Pérez Ruiz
Catalog: Harak Rubio: Desafío y Transición, Galería Biaggi & Faure, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2005
“Harak Rubio ... opted for a piece of perpendicular geometric interference, in the shape of a proud rectangle in which he made use of the stonemason's drill to discover the frame of mind of the block.
At the very heart of the piece, the polished circle is inspired by the womb of the Caribbean, expelling four cubes to the ground giving it an effect of life and procreation.
Harak has his own line, which he has worked above all in his cuttings of steel. Guadalajara is for him a challenge in coping with the natural volume imposed from the stone, and he has done it to perfection, knowing how to master its geometry. "
PhD in Literature and Anthropology
Art critic and independent curator
Member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA)
“Convergencia de la Escultura en Guadalajara”, catalog: Third International Symposium of Sculpture: Escultores del Mundo 2004, Museum of Arts, University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, pp. 2, 2004
"This same slightly baroque sensuality, connotes the split arabesques of Harak Rubio,..”
International Art Critic
Asociar el arte y la vida enriqueciendo el patrimonio público”, International Sculpture Symposium catalog in the Centenary of the University of Puerto Rico, Office of the President, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, pp. 4, May 2004
"Harak Rubio titled his present show "Oceano en desafio" (Defiant ocean), but more than water, it is the concert of the four elements, some of which, like fire, are encapsulated in the joints of the metal.
His are works in which spiritual contemplation finds its sanctuary to invoke a space of dreams from its "incomplete" circular frame...
That unfinished circle which is repeated in the symbolism of his work sometimes becomes a secret religion that retrieves icons on the horizon. Negative spaces that provide in a renewed way- technically flawless and celebratory - what has always been one of the themes in art: nature.
In its thousand alveoli, the space retains a compressed time. Therefore, here is the pentagram to read the works of this talented and multifaceted artist.
Contemplating this work by Rubio invites us to enter the same silence that allows us to recreate our "being"...
Rubio "knows" - consciously or unconsciously, that "things are not what they are but what they become." And this committed and sensitive artist turns the targets of his work into new interpretations of ancient symbols of contemplation and understanding man and his environment. "
Las olas del silencio”, Catalog: Océano en Desafío, Museo de las Américas, Galería Biaggi & Faure, San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 2003
"Art surges from this particular intersection of experiences: first the interest and motivation that provide the inspiration as well as the preference for the sea that is a challenge for the scholar and navigator, second - gradual involvement with the art of sculpture with metals and third, a deep cultural background, by-product of his familial-social formation. The existential background of a vast body of experience and knowledge enables this talented young man in his creative process to achieve his artistic conception.
Marine life is the beginning, but the talented artist's originality and imagination turn nature into an aesthetic" concept."
Myrna E. Rodriguez Vega
Art critic, International Association of Art Critics (AICA)
Catalog: Mi Océano en Transición, Biaggi & Faure, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2002
José Antonio Pérez Ruiz
Art critic, International Association of Art Critics
Escenario - El Vocero (newspaper), San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 16, 2002
"His compositions are full of sinuous lines that take unexpected directions.
The simultaneous effect of lightness and volume that his work possesses is very attractive. On one side orthogonal lines and curves, achieve the feeling of agility, flexibility and resiliency. On the other side, the bending and folding of the metal plates create some interesting plays of light and shadows, giving volume and weight to the piece to keep it from flying before our own eyes.
... In this tribute to the forces of life, Harak builts us wings to fly to the sky on a spiritual journey then takes us closer to the land, to our origins, to be born again.”
Elaine Delgado Figueroa
Catalog: Movimientos en Revolución, Ateneo de Puerto Rico, Paoli's Galery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2001
“A sculptor of steel, scene designer and father of four, Harak Rubio lives life attentive to movement, to his ephemeral universe, juggling between the making of music videos and about 140 productions of local and international cinema in Puerto Rico in recent years. Harak has evolved from the plane to the curve, to movement in revolution, to balance, to the circle in his most recent three-dimensional art ... Through the mobile sphere with patina and texture, Harak looks and focuses on a different visual universe, perhaps like the one he perceives through the lens ... the periphery is different .... This passage of rings, his approach to the metal form on a monumental scale is his proposal for the Second Biennial of the Industry of Sculpture in Steel.”
“Harak Rubio”, Catalog: II Bienal de Escultura en la Industria del Acero 2001, Dorado, Puerto Rico, pp. 19, 2001
"Harak makes use of the circle without ever completing it, before its lines join, the artist detours them to diverse and unexpected directions ... conceives his sculptures as an open building of planes in which the contrast of texture and color plays a major role ... The pieces are not isolated from their pedestal, holding a current space that gives them a monumental character, in addition, the viewer can interact with them and make them turn. "
Elaine Delgado Figueroa
Dos universos: dos tiempos”, Catalog: rubio/harak dos tiempos, Biaggi & Faure, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2001
"We face an artist with sculpture and blood in his veins. A sculptor, a builder and welder, who likes the smell of solder as much as the design and conceptualization of his art.
The circle is the common thread of the works of Harak Rubio, but we never see a complete circle. It is always broken. It is as if the artist invites us to participate and to continue the conversation initiated by him. Harak celebrates in the conception of volume, open and free forms from the circular surface area where the imaginary meeting points are the attention focus. The design elements are reflected positively when light falls on the broad and gentle curves or when the contrast of textures provokes a marked visual interest.”
Adlín Ríos Rigau
President, International Association of Art Critics, Puerto Rico Chapter
Professor, Universidad Sagrado Corazón
“El Universo Presente de Harak Rubio”, Catalog: rubio/harak dos tiempos, Biaggi & Faure, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2001
“We are surprised and impressed with his compositions, full of life, about to take flight, about to take us to a dimension where metal and poetry are the same thing ... Part of the beauty of the work of this serious and original sculptor, is that his creations allow - and in fact invite us - to do several readings of each of them.
A big difference is that the sculptures by Harak Rubio are not mere childlish experiments, but excellent sculptures very well designed and professionally executed ... In an interview in England in the sixties, someone asked Jimmy Hendrixs what he was trying to do with his electric guitar. His answer was short but wise, "make it sound different." Harak Rubio has managed to do something different with his sculptures and I think his success is assured. His works have a metaphorical weight that makes them almost timeless."
Manual Álvarez Lezama
Por Dentro –El Nuevo Día (newspaper), San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 12, 2000