“Images I create are poems without words.”
– Rubem Robierb
For two decades, Rubem Robierb has worked with poetry, photography, painting, and sculpture to create capturing and visually compelling works of art whose strong symbolism and underlying message induce an emotional response and strike on the sensitive nerves of modern-day society.
Growing up in Maranhão, Brazil, Robierb’s first artistic expression was poetry, which was closely followed by photography. Like with poetry, Robierb saw how he could create photographic images that could convey a more profound meaning – just like reading a poem would reveal layers of meaning and metaphors.
After receiving formal photography training, he worked as a commercial photographer in São Paolo. Here he was discovered by the French ‘Art et Partage’ association, that helped him debut his first solo photography show in Paris and Aix en Provence.
In 2008 Robierb relocated to Miami to open his studio in the art district Wynwood. In the axis of international and local art galleries mixed with street art and graffiti, he began to pursue what he describes as his third artistic way of expression: painting.
In 2013 Robierb moved to New York City to debut his first show – the powerful Bullets and Butterflies – at the Gaglialatella Galleries. New York served as his base where he created a row of his most essential artwork collections, including BULLETFY EFFECT, HEART, and POWER FLOWERS.
In 2015, Robierb was commissioned by the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to create an expansive work of public art to grace the walls of the Shade Post in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. He chose his well-known and transformational figures of the butterfly and the bullet to create large-scale murals on the building located in an area undergoing a rapid metamorphosis from challenged neighborhood to a hub of arts and culture as well as a valuable addition to the downtown transit zone.
2015 also marks the year where Robierb starts to explore sculpture as his fourth artistic expression working with dimensionality and proportion on his large-scale bullets in his LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING collection and life-size butterfly wing paintings in his luminous DIPTYCHS.
Sculptural artistic expression also paves the way for Robierb to present a series of politically laden artworks, and in 2017 he draws inspiration from the political climate in the U.S. and the civil war conflict in Venezuela. Using his entire catalog of artistic expression, his artworks span from paintings over sculpture to installation with works that all showcase the complexity of human emotion and loss of meaning in today’s supercharged political climate. The Art collections AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE, MONEY TALKS, and THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS are all part of Robierb’s effort to have us question values like truth and freedom, that we up until this moment in time have taken for granted.
Although decidedly political, Rubem Robierb’s DREAM MACHINE strikes a more positive note on the political spectrum. The sculptural manifestation of his well-known butterfly wings is a monument for dreamers with the innate encouragement for people to interact with the sculpture. By placing yourself between the wings you can easily imagine flying away to the place of your innermost dreams, and at the same time, you create a metaphorical space that speaks to the fragile human condition that despite challenges remains strong and resilient.
DREAM MACHINE is currently on display in galleries and museums across the world and has been installed on the Celebrity Edge cruise ships.