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Born in 1970 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Harak Rubio grew up submerged in art.  His father, Pablo Rubio, is a renowned international artist. Born and raised surrounded by art. Constant exposure to freedom of expression leads to early experimenting in drawing, clay, silkscreen, jewelry, painting and later, metal sculptures. Begins his college education in 1989 at the University of Puerto Rico.

In 1992 Harak completed his technical education in metals, jewelry and silkscreen; mastering media in design, drawing, painting and sculpture.

His career starts in the world of film, advertising and video production as designer, art director, prop master and more. Has worked for various production and advertising agencies such as Universal Pictures, Miramax Films, Trivisión Spain, Animal Planet, People Films, Cinesi, Inc., Viguié Films, USA Network, ABC Network, CBS, Quentin Tarentino Productions, MTV, Revelation Films and Lifetime Movies among others - where he has remained active and successful, distinguishing himself as one of the best in Puerto Rico.

Highlights:

1992: he is invited to join the team of young artists who would benefit from the experience of installing the monumental sculpture entitled “Cristales de la Paz” in the Puerto Rico pavillion at the “Expo Internacional de Sevilla '92” in Spain. Participated in the “ I Simposio Internacional de Escultura de la Universidad de Puerto Rico” (First International Symposium of Sculpture at the University of Puerto Rico) as sculptor assistant. His defined style and commitment to design made him worthy of his first prize in sculpture at the “II Certamen Nacional de Artes Plásticas Para Artistas Jóvenes” (Second National Contest of Visual Arts for Young Artists). Since then he has won numerous awards and national and international honors both in the plastic arts and cinema and advertising.

1997: received a special invitation to participate in the “International Snow Fest 98” in Sarnia, Canada. 

2001: he is selected to participate in the “Second Biennial Sculpture in Steel” in Dorado Puerto Rico.  Achieves his first public work in 2002 with “Absolut Transition” a relief mural for the “Absolut Art in The Plaza, in Old San Juan. During the same year he is commissioned “Universo en tres”, for the Caribe Hilton Hotel.

2004: he was invited to participate in two international events: the “International Symposium of Sculpture for the Centenary of the University of Puerto Rico”; and the “Third International Symposium of Sculpture: Sculptors of the World 2004” in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he designs and builds two public sculptures.

2005: he establishes his studio in Florida, United States and is invited to the “II Biennial of Sculpture in Concrete” of the Autonomous Municipality of Caguas, Puerto Rico.

2007:  The “Es-Cultura” foundation of Leon, Mexico invites him to the “First International Biennale of Sculpture,” in Leon, Mexico where he built a public art project for the city and was awarded Second Prize. That same year, he is invited to build the Vitreous Light Star for the Municipality of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

2008: he receives an invitation to the “First International Guadalajara 2008 Sculpture Biennale” at the Museum of Arts at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

In September, he exhibited at IMAGO gallery in Florida, US.

2009: he exhibits in October at The Jan & Gary Dario Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida, US.

Harak is without question, a versatile and successful artist in the production and design of national and international cinema, sculpture, public works, painting and design.

He has achieved seven solo art exhibits, participated in over 35 group exhibits internationally and has public sculpture in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

His work is found in major public and private collections in Puerto Rico, United States, Russia ,Canada,Argentina,Germany and Mexico.

 

 

Individual Exhibitions

2016 - "Harak Rubio, Symbols and Guardians", Foosaner Art Museum, Melbourne Florida

2014 - "Oceans, Memories and Symbols", Renee Foosaner Art Center, Melbourne Florida

2012 - "Oceans" and "The Color of My Guardians", Mount Dora, Florida, USA

2011 - "Harak Rubio", Art Naples, Florida, USA

2010 - "Guardian Azul", Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010 -  "Harak Rubio", Art Palm Beach,  Palm beach, Florida, USA

2009 - "Guardians ,Oceans & Windows", Jan & Gary Dario Gallery, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

2008 - "Oceans and Windows", Imago Gallery, Florida, USA

2005 - "Challenge and Transition", Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, San Juan,
Puerto Rico

2003 - "Océano en Desafio", Museo de las Américas, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002 - "My Ocean in Transition", Biaggi & Faure, San Juan,
Puerto Rico

2000 - "Movements in Transition", Ateneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000 - "Scenic Movements", Paoli’s Galería, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

 

Collective Exhibitions (selection)

2013 - Artus/Tekton, Galeria Sothebys San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2010 - "Harak Rubio", Christo, Miguel Correa,Art Palm Beach, Arune5 Galllery, Coral gables, Florida, USA

2009 – "Circular Thoughts", Biaggi Faure Fine Art Gallery, San Juan Puerto Rico

2008 - First Guadalajara International Sculpture Biennial, Museum of Arts, University of Guadalajara, México

2008 - 100 Imágenes de Corretjer en el Tiempo, Fundación Nilita Vientós Gastón, Arsenal de la Puntilla, Instituto de cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007 - First International Biennale of Sculpture, Foundation Es-Cultura A.C., Calzada de los Héroes, León, México

2005 - II Biennial Sculpture in Concrete, Municipality of Caguas, Ribera del Río Caguitas, Puerto Rico

2004 - International Sculpture Symposium of the Centenary of the University of Puerto Rico, Office of the President, University of Puerto Rico

2004 - Third International Symposium of Sculpture: Sculptors 2004 World Museum of Arts University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, México

2004 - VII Subasta Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan,
Puerto Rico

2003 - Sculptures for "Easter Festival IX Botanical Garden", Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003 - Silent Auction, Pro School of Pharmacy Scholarships, University of Puerto Rico, Fine Arts Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003 - National Exhibition of Fine Arts 2003, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003 - VI Grand Auction Art Museum of Puerto Rico, Museum of Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003 - Museum of Contemporary Art Auction, Bankers Club,
San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003 - II Gran Gala Auction 2003: Cruz Roja Americana, Wyndham El San Juan Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002 - American Red Cross Gala Auction, The San Juan Hotel & Casino, Isla Verde,Puerto Rico

2002 - VI Christmas Auction of Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002 - Sculpture for the Easter Festival VIII, Botanical GardenUniversity of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002 - Spring auction Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002 - Uno, Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002 - Absolut Art in the Plaza, Proyecto de Arte Efímero, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002 - Art at the Hilton, Caribe Hilton Hotel & Casino, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

2001 - Christmas Auction of Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001 - II Biennial Sculpture in Steel Industry, All Steel Manufacturing, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

2001 - First Collective Artists Biennial Sculpture II Steel Industry, Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001 - Rubio/Harak: Dos Tiempos, Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001 - New Horizons, Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, San Juan,
Puerto Rico

2000 - Three with Three, Paoli’s Galería, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

2000 - Holiday & Resort 2000, Mirtha Rubio, Conferencia de Prensa

1998 - Snow Fest 98: Carving Competition, Centennial Park, Notario, Canadá

1993 - Arte Contemporáneo, Level One, Condado, Puerto Rico

1992 - Third National Arts Competition for Youth, Academy of Sciences Atea Puerto Rico, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992 - Collective Exhibition of Experimental Art, Music Room, Student Center, University of Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

1992 - Expo. 92: Avalo - Campos – Harak, Sala de Exposiciones Biblioteca José M. Lázaro, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico

1992 - Festival of Contemporary Art, Galeria Botello, Plaza Las Americas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

Public Sculpture and Large Format

2014 - "Dancing in the Caribbean" 16'H x 6'W stainless steel, Cordova, Argentina

2014 - "The Awakening of my Eternal Guardian" 15'H x 7'W stainless steel, Chaco, Argentina

2013 - "The Vision of the Harbor Guardian", 20' H x 13' Diameter, aluminum.  Melbourne, Florida, USA

2012 - "The Ocean's Guardian", 16' H, steel. Palm Bay, Florida, USA

2008 - "Eternal Heart for my Pueblo Viejo", 16’ X 10’ diameter. Corten steel & stainless steel. Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

2008 - "Challenge for my Eternal Heart", 14’ diámeter, steel, cold enamel. Private Collection, Ponce, Puerto Rico

2007 - "Peace and Hope for my Eternal Heart", 18’ diameter, steel, cold enamel. City of León, México

2006 - "Dancing at Sea", 9’ X 13’, corten relief, cold enamel steel, stainless steel.  Private Collection.

2005-2010 - "Olympic Flame", 74’ H X 30' Diameter, steel, stainless steel, and cement. Sport Boulevard, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

2005 - "Challenge at the Cagüitas River", 14’ diameter, cement. Caguitas River, Urb. San Antonio, Municipio Autónomo de Caguas, Puerto Rico

2004 - "Challenge at Birth", 26’ X 20’, steel, enamelled steel cold, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

2004 - "Portal of the Caribbean", 8’ X 10”, marble, white quarry, University Center of Economic and Admistrative Sciences, University of Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

2002 - Absolut Transition, 20’ X 12’, relieve, medio mixto, Absolut Art in the Plaza, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico, proyecto público, efímero

2002 - Universo en Tres, 9’ diámetro, acero, policromado en frío, Jardín Hotel Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, obra pública

 

Awards and Honors

2013 - Invited to design and build the first public monument in Melbourne, Florida

2013 - Invited by Sotheby's Art Auction, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Artus/Tekton

2009 -Award Arte Vivo, recognition for his International art career, Museum of Art Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

2008 - Artist invited to participate in the "First International Biennial Sculpture". Guadalajara, México

2007 - Second Prize for Sculpture for the "First International Biennial of Sculpture", Fundación Es-Cultura A.C., León, México

2007 - Artist invited to participate in the "First International Biennial Sculpture", Fundación Es-Cultura A. C., Calzada de los Héroes, León, México

2007 - Artist invited to build the Star Vitreous, to be apart of the monumental North Star in Bayamón, Puerto Rico

2005 - Artist invited to participate in the "II International Biennial of Cement".  Municipality of Caguas, Puerto Rico

2004 - Artist invited to participate in the "International Sculpture Symposium" for the Centenary celebration of the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

2004 - Artist invited to participate in the "Third International Symposium of Sculpture: Sculptors of the World 2004", Guadalajara, México

2003 - Won the "Contest Memorial Invitational Olympic", Guaynabo City for his work in Honor Fire Olympic, Puerto Rico

2003 - Artist invited to participate in "Invitational Contest Draft Monumental Sculptures", Bayamon, Puerto Rico

2002 - Artist invited to participate in "Ephemeral Art Project: Absolute Art in the Square", Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001 - Artist invited to participate in the "Second Biennial Sculpture Steel Industry", All Steel Manufacturing, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

1997 - Special invitation to participate in the "International Snow Fest '98", Sarnia, Ontario, Canadá

1992 - Second Prize for Sculpture, "II National Arts Competition for Young Artists", Ates Academy of Sciences and Puerto Rican Culture Institute, Puerto Rico

1992 - Selected to join the "Program for Young Sculptors Installation" Crystals Peace Monument in Puterto Rico Pavilion at Expo '92, Sevilla, Spain