Famous for his shiny metal sculptures designed from discarded car parts (bumpers, hub caps, fenders, tires, etc), it all started 36 years ago, “someone was throwing away his bumper, so I decided to make it into a fence [gateway]. While setting it up, the bumper pieces fell to the ground [and I saw a shape]. Then I learned how to weld. And that’s how I started with bumper art.” – Yubi Kirindongo
“Where others may see debris and destruction, apathy and abandon, Kirindongo sees the potential for brilliant bursts of creativity.”
– Jennifer van der Kwast (Curaçao, Banda Bou book 2012)
“Yubi is a very important artist as it relates to Curaçao’s artistic development. He’s a modest country boy, a self-taught artist. He participates in many international exhibits [Cuba, South Africa, Brazil, New York, Amsterdam] and introduces our art. And our name”
– Lusette Verboom (Kas di Alma Blou)
“Sometimes people ask, what do you do? What do you offer? [I say] Art. We export art. We export ideas.”
– Yubi Kirindongo
Yubi’s style is quintessential Curaçao (indigenous animals and masks) with a clear opinion… about pollution. Waste. Dependency. Ingenious.
Quotes taken from this beautiful Radio Netherlands Worldwide interview in Papiamentu.
Visit his spectacular home / studio / art gallery “Museo den Bario Yubi Kirindongo” in Ser’i Kandela, Kaya A 390 to see his brilliant work up close and personal. (Call to schedule and appointment: 869-3268.)