Argentinian street artist, Santiago Rubino, revisited his three doors in the Wynwood Doors for Art Basel in December of 2014. The doors contain a graphite portrait each of a different woman isolated and floating in the center of a white background. In pensive and meditative states, the black and white women solemnly honor the passing of Tony Goldman.
Goldman, a man who collected Rubino’s work, is a New York-born historical preservationist, developer, and patron of the arts. Since his arrival in Miami in 1995, his pioneering efforts transformed, restored, and revitalized the city with his vision of pedestrian life. He believed street life should be real and gritty, but also beautiful, busy, and full of meaning and culture. The lively hotels, restaurants, and properties of Miami beach, along with the reformed village of Wynwood would not be what it is today without him and his venture, Goldman Properties.
As a contributing artist of Miami’s growing, urban art gallery, Spinello, Rubino was asked to create the piece for Art Basel 2012 in homage to Miami’s cherished visionary, Goldman, who passed earlier that year. The art fair’s yearly return to Miami in 2014 called for a retouching, so it is currently looking brand new and unweathered.
While based out of Miami, Rubino has exhibited his work in several major cities across North America. His mediums of choice include graphite, oil, paint, and charcoal, which allow for his detail-oriented craftsmanship.
In seven years, the self-taught artist’s work has evolved from strictly Graffiti to elaborate works of art reminiscent of Renaissance precision. While his work is allusive of the mystical, spiritual, and mythological, it is also inclusive of more concrete influences including nature, technology, and geometry. Fashion is also a significant factor in his art as he aspires to one day seeing his work brought to life with textiles.