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Chris Rubino is originally a Bostonian; New York City has been his adopted hometown ever since leaving. His printmaking background, initially focusing on posters and other printed matter, eventually transitioning to his own artwork, has heavily influenced his work. Rubino has participated in many aspects of the design profession including title design for films (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines), illustration (Banana Republic, The New York Times), Commercial Art Direction (DirecTV, Ketel One), Hotel interiors (Distrikt Hotel, Ace Hotel) amongst other creative commissions. His work has been featured in a number of solo exhibitions in New York, one in Hong Kong and a great number of group shows around the U.S., Europe & Japan as well as added to the permanent collection at the Museum of Design in Zurich. Rubino holds a BFA from Syracuse University, was selected as an ADC Young Gun and has served as a Board Member on the NYC Chapter of AIGA.

Most recently Rubino has completed a short film titled "Some of us had been threatening our friend Colby" based on the story by Donald Barthelme.

Client List

The New York Times, HONDA, NIKE, Ace Hotel, Distrikt Hotel, Samsung, Creative Time, Tee Pee Records, ESPN, Tokion magazine, SugarHead Quarters, @Radical Media, Labyrinth Theater, The New York Public Theater, Journal Standard, Kenneth Cole Reaction, U.S. Concepts, Deep-Focus, Think Film, United Nude, EGOsum, Penguin Clothing, Napster, Uniqlo, TG170, Banana Republic, The Brooklyn Circus, Urban Outfitters, Timberland, Bloomingdales, Penguin Publishing, O.H.W.O.W., Saks 5th Ave, Gnomonsong.

Selected Exhibitions

Undefined by Design, April 2014
Lorimoto Gallery with Deanne Cheuk, Mike Perry, Keetra Dean Dixon, Milton Glaser & others
Drawing with Words, March 2014
The NYTimes Gallery w/ Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, Yoko Ono etc.
Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Graphic Design Now in Production
Group Show, July 2012
Bohemian NYC, Love Kills Demons
Solo Exhibition, June 2012, held in Jean-Michel Basquiat's final studio
East Coast Art of Rock Gallery
Group Show, August 2012
Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, TBC Manila
with Julia Chiang, Cody Hudson, Dan Pak, Young Kim, Jon Santos & Anton Lopez, November 2011
ADC Gallery, New York, December Editions
with Paula Scher, Andrio Abero & Paul Pope, December 2009
Heist Gallery, New York, Make Believe Maple Leaves
Solo Exhibition, February 2009
Chashama Gallery, New York, The Center of Something
Solo Exhibition, June 2008
Calm & Punk Gallery, Tokyo, Time Changes
with Aiko, Martha Cooper & Chris Mendoza, June 2008
Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong, Frequently Answered Questions
Solo Exhibition, October 2007
The Majestic, New York, On Top Of A Mountain Top
Solo Exhibition, June 2006

Selected Publications

Romantik | Die Gestalten Verlag
Illusive 2 | Die Gestalten Verlag
Design to Help | Die Gestalten Verlag
Sonic/Visuals for Music | Die Gestalten Verlag
Los Logos | Die Gestalten Verlag (Vol 1-7)
IDN Iconography | IDN
Poster Art: Innovation in Poster Design | Rotovision
Maximalism | Rotovision
Book Art: Innovation in Book Design | Rotovision
The Graphic Eye | Chronicle Books
PULLED | Princeton Architectural Press


Man is an Island | video
Designing Minds - DIY | Adobe TV with James Victore video
Ace Hotel X Chris Rubino | directed by Jim Helton video
Center of Something | LVHRD VDO 062 video
Speartalks | Josh Spears Interview
Sundance Channel Sunfiltered by Perrin Drumm
New Kind of View | NBC
Distrikt Hotel | PSFK
The Center of Something | Cool Hunting
The Ace Hotel | PAPERMAG
An Afternoon With / Chris Rubino
500 Weeks | Complex Magazine


12 Films by Jim Helton
shot in Chris Rubino's Studio video


Transitionist | Bowling Green State University, AIGA TOLEDO
DIY with James Victore | The Art Directors Club, NYC
VARSKO! | Norwegian Design Festival, Trondheim Norway
Design+Art | Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong
WRK.PLY | Soho Classic Car Club, NYC
New Frontiers of Graphic Design | Tribeca Cinemas NYC


Commercial Illustration Portfolio

Chris Rubino Demo Reel
Chris Rubino Showreel Direction & Design

Featured Clients: Dreamworks, Netflix, Radical Media, The Four Seasons, Nat Geo, Moroccan Oil, Armand de Brignac, Public Theater, The New York Times, Ace Hotel, The Wall Street Journal, HULU, DirecTV, Ketel One, Saks 5th Avenue, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic, Labyrinth Theater, Classic Car Club, Warner Brothers, Nike, Distrikt Hotel.

Thanks to: Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, Director) Reed Morano (Handmaid's Tale, Meadowland, Director) Annabelle Attanasio (Mickey and the Bear, Director) Jim Helton (Blue Valentine Editor, Ace Hotel, Director) Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone, Director) Olivia Milch (DUDE, Director) Ben Nabors (William and the Windmill, Director) David O. Russell (Ketel One, Director) Todd Tilford (Ketel One / DTV, Creative Director) Josh Pearson/Radical Media (Nike, Editor) Brad Parker (Chernobyl Diaries, Director)

Chris Rubino Showreel
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DISTRIKT Hotel Interior Art
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The Distrikt Hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan.
32 floors, A unique lightbox is dedicated to each floor
Distrikt Logo By Tank Industries

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MJM / Ogilvy Chocolate Factory Mural
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36ft Vinyl Mural for the New MJM office space at the Ogilvy Chocolate Factory, NYC.

MJM Mural
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A Tavola Restaurant Identity & Illustrations

Logo, Signage, Menus & Illustrations for an Italian Restaurant

A Tavola, Restaurant Identity
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Classic Car Club Mural

200 foot Vinyl Mural for Soho-based Car Club
Architect: Marc Thorpe, 3E Studios

Classic Car Club
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ACE Hotel NYC Paintings

Paintings commissioned for rooms at the Ace Hotel in New York
photos by Davi Russo
film by Jim Helton

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Project Greenhouse Window Graphics, Mural & Logo Design
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Window Graphics, Mural & Logo for Eco-Friendly Environment at the Sundance Film Festival
Presented By Lexus Hyrbid

Project Greenhouse
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Penguin Flagship Store NYC Store Design, Created at Ego
Penguin Penguin Penguin Penguin

Graphic look for the first Penguin store, located in New York City
Created at Ego

SugarHead Quarters Store Design
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Graphic look for Lower East Side Boutique

SugarHead Quarters
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TG170 Signage
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Signage for a downtown Clothing Boutique

ETSY HOLIDAY Painting / Print
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Window Painting for the ETSY popup Holiday shop and corresponding print inspired by Kurt Vonnegut.

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