About

About

Ruben Aguirre is a painter who is expanding on his roots of style writing with a non narrative approach to mural painting. Visiting and experiencing new spaces continues to provide fresh, exciting environments in for which his work to create a response. His interest lies in drawing attention to underutilized infrastructure as expanded painting. Building on the lineage of "writing", from subway graffiti and it's culture as a rebellious rite of passage and search for identity and "getting up", this work is an extended progression of a practice once founded on alphabetic characters as a claiming of public space, to a response that speaks as a contribution to the space which it inhabits. This being a response that is still inspired by the nuance of language and typography, but also informed by architecture. Organic forms wrap with geometric, hard edge painting that touches on the power and sensuality of form and color, accentuating its coating of a 3 dimensional structure, expanding beyond the common format seen in traditional murals. In turn this creates a new dialogue between spray paint and the substrate as the work has moved from ephemeral to commissioned. Decoding the personalized format of written graffiti into a process of publicly accessible abstract wall paintings, this current work creates a place where graffiti, formalism, and muralism overlap.

Aguirre has exhibited in The National Museum of Mexican Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, and in the Hyde Park Art Center. His work has been covered by the Atlantic, and the Washington Post. Aguirre's public works have been commissioned for educational institutions, residential spaces, private businesses, as well as various neighborhood development organizations, and clients such as Adidas, Linked IN, McGraw Hill, Lollapalooza, and others.