Art student interns at local museum

Skylar Serge, Channels Staff

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With a knack for spotting the little details, student and artist, Thomas Rubio, has an eye for finding creative innuendos hidden within artwork.

The 20-year-old Santa Barbara native is a fine art major at City College. He creates his own artwork and is currently an intern at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Museum, where his future could possibly be headed.

Inspiration derived from Giorgio de Chirico, an Italian surrealist artist who founded the Metaphysical art movement, has given motivation to Rubio. This form of art focuses on harsh lighting, deep shadows, and a faction of futurism.

Art history Professor, Joy Kunz, was one of Rubio’s previous advisors and former teachers. Kunz recognized something particular in Rubio, something that not all students share.

“Not all art majors show such aptitude for art history,” said Kunz. “Thomas really has a gift for understanding the intentions of the artist.”

Working in the educational department at the museum allows the avid artist to take advantage of the history in front of him.

Alongside other interns, he is in charge of setting up occasions and working with different forms of art. From mixology events to mall art shows, Rubio gets hands on experience within the art community.

“I get to show up to opening nights and work with other students as well,” said Rubio.

Rubio is also required to know about all the artists in the gallery, and has the opportunity to find out about the paintings from the artists themselves.

As for his personal art, Rubio has a strong focal point on surrealism and a dedication for design.

Dadaism, the graphic design movement known for its anti-war politics and avant-garde vision, is a strong influence for Rubio, and his vivid sketchbook.

Surrealism, flat images, and fine lines are what I like to work with,” said Rubio. “A lot of experimentation is in my work.”

One of the young artists paintings, “White Rose,” is a five-by-four foot acrylic painting that took six months to finish. While working on something new, underground hip-hop and indie music are what puts Rubio in the zone.

With a creative older brother and some helpful mentors along the way, he hopes to someday teach art and work consistently in a gallery setting.

Currently, Rubio works in the Atkinson Gallery when he is not painting or attending opening exhibits at the museum.

Art Courtesy of Thomas Rubio

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