Rubin - Sweden 2012

Rubin was nine years old when he did his first tag. The son of Finnish immigrant workers to Sweden and born and raised in the epicenter of boredom the concrete projects of Bergsjn, Gothenburg he pictured walls blossoming before his eyes and started out on a journey that hes still on today.


Rubin has put his trademark on concrete and brick all over the world, from Finland to Thailand, from Denmark to Miami Art Basel. His canvas/print works have been shown in Stockholm, Reykjavik, Montreal and at the Fountain Art Fair at the legendary Lexington Armory in New York. Hes collaborated and painted for Greenpeace and MTV, among others and hes got a graffiti/fashion collaboration coming up with a Scandinavian design house in the spring of 2014.

Rubins complex abstract geometrical pieces rooted in traditional wild style but with muted color palettes and Scandinavianly clean lines have earned the artist his own signature style. Rubin is also known for adapting to the urban landscape by incorporating whats already there cracked windows, light poles, wires into his pieces instead of shying away from difficult walls.

Rubin resides in Brooklyn NYC but hes just as home in the wilderness of Lapland, where he spends the summers with his wife in a log house among reindeer and underneath the midnight sun. Born a creative soul, he explains why graffiti became his mission:
Something happens when I press the cap and draw the first line of a piece. The expectation that takes hold of me is so strong that everything else around me ceases to exist.

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