John Rubino was born in New York City in 1952. His mother, a gifted sculptor and painter in her own right, shared her love of the arts with him from the time of his earliest memories. Learning to weld at age 10, he spent his free time building and sculpting while his friends played ball. At age 15 he showed his first works at Mari Galleries in New York.
After high school he spent year at The Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (Italy). This was a definitive time for him, one that continues to influence his thinking. Following this experience he enrolled at the University of Miami (Florida), and graduated with honors.
Throughout his career sculptural form has predominated as Rubino’s main interest, which he has explored through the mediums of jewelry, abstract and figurative sculpture, monumental works and functional structural sculpture.
Rubino’s current work involves portraits and expressive figures fabricated in steel. Ranging in size from a few inches tall to larger than life, he uses photographic images and sketches in the preliminary development of the works. He welcomes commissions for the portrait sculptures, which can be freestanding or wall mounted.
John Rubino’s work is represented in private collections nationwide and public installations in the northeast.
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