— MARCEL DUCHAMP
(Volume One, Havana, 1981) when Rubén participated with a canvas, (Fors Portrait), whose craftsmanship treatment was also used in the conception of La boda (The Wedding), both of them belonging today to the Collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts, in Havana. The two pieces were made with the initial aesthetics of his career, inspired on the profession of his mother, who was a seamstress: superposition of elements on the canvas, with the purpose of reinforcing the physical images of those portrayed, whose aesthetic concretion is achieved in a not essentially pictorial manner.
Two other relevant examples of his production, which are exhibited in the permanent Fine Arts Museum of Havana collection—Te llevo bajo mi piel (I’ve got you under my skin, 1984) and Esta es tu obra (This is your work, 1988)—demonstrate how his discursive repertoire reaches the climax. They both constitute paradigms of his conceptual and theoretical strength, while summarizing the magnitude of the historical transcendence of his cultural legacy. These emblematic works constitute archetypes of his oeuvre and unavoidable referents of the energy emerging from his aesthetic; they are a forceful summary of the artistic, artisanal, iconic, sculptural, and installationist nature of his production.
It happens that in 2017 his approach is different. He is a cultured artist who has successfully led a fruitful career.
His present imaginary is more synthetic, concise and accurate. Modernized with the trends of art, his projection is placed in the objective reality of our time and his speech is based on conceptual acuteness, expressed with tact, simplicity and elegance to formulate the message he wants to transmit through the synthesis.