Urban Art

Rub Kandy /   Mimmo Rubino


Urban Art, Street Art


Rub Kandy
Mimmo Rubino
November 25, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Rub Kandy is an Italian artist who expresses his engaged views in multiple media. He creates regarding the immediate surroundings as a backdrop and intervening in the public space.

Known also as Mimmo Rubino, this street artist and graphic designer  chooses to master a creative method that takes two paths—direct and neurotic—his mixed-media approach often defines his visual identity. He is best known by his Anamorphosis street art work. Armed only with buckets of white paint and a skewed perspective, Rub Kandy creates some really interesting and visually jarring site specific work that redefines the viewer’s depth of field and creates tangible blocks out of 3D space. Anamorphosis is a quite old technique –already known in the Renaissance, it became very popular in the era of the Baroque – which today is experiencing a moment of new youth. In practice, it consists in projecting an image so that the drawn figure is visible only from one point of view (famous example: “The Ambassadors” by Hans Holbein the Younger).

His other project Revolver has absolutely no reference to weapons. Using the surface of a rotating cement truck as his canvas, Rub Kandy stood up on a ladder to spray-paint an array of colorful rows along the cylinder. As the container spun around on its axis, the artist displayed his great eye for symmetry by producing perfectly straight lines without using any guides. So, basically, he utilized the truck’s revolving movement to create something worth staring at for hours. And for that, appropriately, the work is titled Revolver.

Rub Kandy who calls himself a not-so-fine artist is melting the distinction between the street and the gallery further with a new installation in Lichtenberg, a neighborhood in Berlin. Incorporating imagery evoking Berlin’s not so distant past and its administration under Soviet authority, Rub Kandy is placing powerful memory-jolting symbols unusually in public space, and letting the associations be determined without providing context.

It is hard to define Rub Kandy only as a street artist, because his works range in various fields, although the open space remains an essential element of his work. He is a prolific multi-media artist who created worldwide. Based in Rome, his work stretches to New York, and even to Panama.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
201450/50 A Group ExhibitionRome, ItalyGroup
2014Urban PortraitsCORPO 6, BerlinGroup
2014WE TRUSTForde, Geneve, SwitzerlandGroup
2013Sundial MuralMAAM Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove, Rome, ItalySolo
2013DO AC street art festivalAtlantic City, NJ, USAGroup
2013MAAMMetropoliz Città Meticcia, Rome, ItalyGroup
2013Bienal del Sur en PanamàPanamaGroup
2011Sweet ArtStarkart Exhibitions, ZurichGroup
2011La Lune Verte, Lieu d’art À SuivreBordeaux, FranceGroup
2011Eine, StarkartZurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2011Flag, Cabaret VoltaireZurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2010DeleteStarkart Exhibitions, ZurichGroup
2010Node FestRome, ItalyGroup
2010Delete Starkart, ZurichGroup
2009IMMUNITASCasino Ridola, Matera, ItalySolo
2009Walk on the Ligth SideZurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2009Crack, Forte PrenestinoRome, ItalyGroup
2009Arteknè International Art FairMatera, ItalyGroup
2008SCANNING, Studio SoligoRome, ItalyGroup
2008Milano in digitale, Fabbrica del vaporeMilano, ItalyGroup
2008Box II, Teatro VascelloRome, ItalyGroup
2007SOUND HILLS-Festival delle arti digitaliVicenza, ItalyGroup
2006The Snake! HOMEReset, Rome, ItalySolo
2006Music InvadersPollino Music Festival, Galleria Amnesiac Arts S.Severino Lucano, ItalyGroup
2006Family Groove first birthday partyMass, St.Matthews Church, Brixton, London, Great BretainGroup
2005Ghost Trax, MicrogalleryMilano, ItalyGroup
2005Aural Sculpture(s) and Bad SeedsGalleria Amnesiac Arts, Potenza, ItalyGroup
2004The Snake! ANSIATeatro Vascello, Rome, ItalySolo