Rubén Aguirre is a Chicago based painter who has transitioned from graffiti writing to abstract painter/contemporary muralist. He has produced a number of murals in the Chicago land area, across the U.S., and abroad. Aguirre's work is an intersection of abstract graffiti and design that takes influence from textiles and nature. With traces of typographic letter structure from his graffiti roots, his work is informed by architecture and plays with re-imagining public space, while investigating pattern, texture, and color field through the use of the spray can. He has exhibited in The National Museum of Mexican Art, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center. His work has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and The Atlantic. His client base includes the likes of Linked IN, Adidas Originals, Lollapalooza, and REI, along with various neighborhood organizations, and private commissions.


My approach to Public Art is to use line, form, and color to respond and manipulate the perception of space and architecture and re-contextualize it. Coming from graffiti roots, and from a city (Chicago) that invested so much money trying to eradicate it with graffiti blasters for decades, my creative drive has developed into adding color to the cityscape. Using color, patterns, and marks, I want create a visual language that contributes and gives life to public spaces that go ignored and accentuate how people see and move in it. I want to create movement where there is static, and make perpendicular planes disappear.

-Ruben Aguirre