20 Questions: Ruben Millares

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Art House of Delray features the work of artist Ruben Millares in the current exhibition “Sustain”. The exhibit addresses a wide range of environmental issues- ecological, physiological, psychological and social. The exhibition focuses on the delicate balance between humanity and nature necessary for global sustenance. This concept ( or “golden thread”) is the basis for much of Millares’ work. Millares is a first generation Cuban American living in Miami. He is an artist (virtual, sculptural, and conceptual), a musician and composer ( he performs in his band Smiling Gums) as well as a CPA/ CFP at his family’s asset management firm. Intensely involved in charitable foundations such as the Daily Bread Food Bank of South Florida and Lotus House in Miami, his work has been displayed at White Box in New York, the Marguiles Collection, de la Cruz Collection, Art Basel, Pulse Art, and Wynwood Art Fair in Miami. In the pieces in “Sustain” at Art House, the struggle between man and nature is transparent. The sculptural works are part of a series entitled “Man or War”. Visit www.rubenmillares.com pineapple-newspaper-man-or-war-7What is your idea of perfect happiness? A life without anxiety. What is your greatest fear? Looking back at my life at 40 or 50 years old and not having dedicated enough time and effort to making art, music and love. Where do you find artistic inspiration? In everyday life, the little nuances that when looked at from nonconventional angles begin to take on new meanings and Travel. Which living person do you most admire? Tatica, my grandmother; brought up four kids through exile from Cuba alone, remains funny, always joking and smiling, and inspiring those around her. Who is your favorite artist? Antonia Wright What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Caution Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Sh*t When did your first know that you had to become an artist? Around three. It was my brother’s 5th birthday and he was performing on stage with a band, singing, and he had me up there just as his sidekick holding a fake guitar not singing. I got bored and left to play with some other kids and a toy motorcycle. Looking back soon after, I felt like a fool. Which talent (other than being an artist) would you most like to have? Classical Piano When and where were you happiest? Laying in a park in Venice, Italy after a full day of seeing art at the Venice Biennale What or who is the greatest love of your life? Creation

What is your greatest regret? Not sure yet

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If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? A dependence on financial security. What do you consider your greatest artistic achievement? Becoming part of the Martin Z. Margulies Collection and having it shown at the Collection at the Warehouse If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A lion in the Sahara What is your most treasured possession? 1960 Gibson Les Paul What do you most value in your friends? Honesty and laughter Who are your heroes in real life? Manuel Millares, Maria Millares, Javier Millares, Henry Faget, John Lennon, Neil Young, Calder What is it that you most dislike? Two faced people What is your motto? Patience pineapple-newspaper-art-house-info