Born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, Alejandro Rubio is a representational painter with roots in the Uruguayan tradition of Constructivism created by Joaquin Torres Garcia in the first half of the twentieth century. Without a vague understanding of the representational practice of the last seventy years or so in Uruguay one might be too quick to miscategorize the work of Alejandro Rubio. At first glance Rubio’s work could be dismissed as whimsical. While there is a playful quality to the work, Rubio’s manipulations of scale and perspective create narratives within narratives depicting locations that seem oddly familiar and strange at the same time.

Rubio’s handling of the paint, loose brush and bold palette conjure locales that straddle the border beween his current home in California nd the place of his birth and development. This distinct sensibility makes for an enjoyable visual journey indeed.

Liv Moe
Art critic and director at Verge Gallery, Sacramento.





Island of Bliss - 60" x 72" oil on canvas 2007










Alejandro Rubio
Oakland, CA

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Selected Solo Exhibitions back to top

Twenty Years Forward, Pence Gallery, Davis, Ca. 2021
Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Stanford Cal 2014
Flatscapes – Gallery 625, Woodland, Ca. 2012
Painting – Pence Gallery, Davis, Ca. January 2011
No Place in Particular -  Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, Ca. October 2009
New Work - John Natsoulas Gallery - December 2006
Recent Paintings -  John Natsoulas Gallery,  November - December 2004
Paintings at Cafe California - John Natsoulas Gallery Davis, Ca. April - May 2004
Pintura - Espacio del Notariado , Montevideo, Uruguay, September 1995.
Obras sobre papel - Pub El Cafetin, Montevideo, Uruguay, November 1992.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Transitions, at the Piedmont Art Center, curated by Rene de Guzman and Danielle Fox. 2021
Crocker Museum Auction, Sacramento, California. 2021
The De Young Open, De Young Museum, San Francisco, Ca. 2020
Flatlanders on the Slant- Nelson Gallery, UCDAVIS, Davis, California. Curated by Renny Pritikin. 2012
Habitat: Explorations of Home and Shelter in Contemporary Art, curated by Carrie Lederer. 2011
Faraway Places, SFMoma Artists Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. October 2009
Annual Art Auction Gala - Crocker Art Museum Sacramento - June 2006
Benefit Auction -Center For Contemporary Art - Sacramento - November 2005
Annual Art Auction Gala - Crocker Art Museum Sacramento - June 2005
Artist’s Valentines Auction, The Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, February 2005
Play Ball! - John Natsoulas Gallery ,  Davis, Ca. June 2004
The Human Form - Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, Ca.March 2004
Cultivate Art - Pence Gallery, Davis, October 2003.
Art in a Cage - Pence Gallery, Davis, September 2002.
Primera Bienal de Arte Joven - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo , Montevideo, December  1999.   
Sexta Muestra Nacional de Artistas Emergentes - City Hall , Montevideo, December 1994.

Publications and reviews

Midtown Monthly “No Place in Particular”- A. Rubio at Solomon Dubnick Gallery. October 2009
The Davis Enterprise “Beauty and Beasts briefly” September 2002, Davis.
The Davis Enterprise “Tick Tock tomfoolery”, February 2004, Davis.


Selected to participate in the “Hearts in San Francisco” project, a Bay Area-wide
installation, San Francisco, spring-summer 2004.
Recipient of the Davis Utility Box Artist Commission for the Downtown Davis Visitor’s
Bureau. Davis, june 2004.


Studies with the uruguayan artist Guillermo Fernandez 1986 - 1989.
Studies with Edgardo Ribeiro Nario, Montevideo Uruguay, 1982 - 1985.


Montevideo, Uruguay. 

Gallery Affiliations

SFMoma Artists Gallery in San Francisco