Reuben Ugbine was born of Nigeria parents in Anponya, Ghana, in 1956. He attended Urhobo College, Effierun, Warri. His artistic career began in Auchi Polytechnic where he obtained his diploma, with the “Overall Best Student” prize in Art, and the Higher Diploma in Sculpture (1977-1979) at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
He lectured at Auchi Polytechnic between 1980- 198 before retiring to fulltime studio practice.
Ugbine has been featured in many solo and group exhibition in Nigeria and also in Lebanon, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Ghana, and London. He popularized figurative terracotta based on traditional Nigerian costumes as well as the themes on everyday life of Nigeria people which he originated in 1982. His Forte is in wood carving which are generally impressive in scale and texture, either in figurative or mask form. He is also a very good painter.