Valdez, Alex Rubio, acrylic on canvas, 2007, Collection of Vincent Valdez
Alex Rubio is currently the Artist-In-Residence for the MOSAIC Program at Blue Star Contemporary and Adjunct Instructor at the Southwest School of Art. As an arts organizer he has instructed and coordinated community-based public art programs including, Community Cultural Arts Organization, Bexar County Detention Center- Inmate Creative Art Program, Guadalupe Cultural Art Center, and San Antonio Cultural Arts Organization.
As a studio artist, Rubio continues to illustrate and describe past and present life in San Antonio, documenting both cultural and personal experiences in his drawings and paintings. Rubio utilizes iconic imagery in an effort to preserve the cultural bond that connects and promotes an inter-generational dialogue within and beyond our communities. In 2011, Rubio founded R Space, a contemporary art space where he curates monthly exhibits for undiscovered, developing, and emerging artists in San Antonio.
Alex Rubio’s artworks have been exhibited locally in Psychedelic at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Exodus at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, and Estampas De La Rasa at the McNay Museum of Art. Rubio has attained national recognition with art grants from the Joan Michel Foundation in New York, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship in Vermont, ArtPace Foundation in London, England, and ArtPace Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence Grant in San Antonio. Rubio’s national touring exhibitions include, Chicano Visions: The Cheech Marin Collection and Selected Works from the Joe Diaz Collection.