The Story Behind The Unique Mural At A San Antonio Starbucks

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Rubio’s mural at the San Antonio Starbucks is a bright canvas of patterns and swirls that has become a main feature of the store. Rubio completed the artwork with the help of local students through an effort known as the San Antonio Street Art Initiative. The painting portrays two hands holding coffee cherries, and the lined pattern behind the image is part of his signature art. 

The Starbucks mural isn’t the first mural Rubio has painted alongside young artists. His work has been found on the windows of Whataburger and in an installation in Yanaguana Garden, a playground in San Antonio. Rubio began painting murals in housing projects and has established himself as an artist and teacher who supports new and emerging artists in the various studios he has been associated with, guiding high school students through instruction and mentorship. 

“I’ve always felt it’s my responsibility to be able to juggle working as a visual artist and being out in the community, serving students,” Rubio told San Antonio. Through his mural at Starbucks, which people enjoy as they sip their favorite drinks, he’s once again done just that.

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