Gideon Rubin is an Israeli contemporary artist. He was introduced to art and culture at a young age by his painter grandfather and diplomat father. Rubin received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1999 and his M.F.A. from the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 2002. He began his career painting old toys and abandoned objects, but later turned to portraiture, finding his inspiration from vintage photographs. Through these photographs, he found his signature, simplified style. Rubin has said that the images have more “life and layers—things that tell a story” than life drawing. His portraits have no faces, stylistic tonal qualities, and he sometimes adds great detail to certain portions of the piece, while leaving other sections barely touched. His paintings are intimate and capture tranquil moments or memories.
Rubin has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group shows worldwide, including in Germany, New York, London, San Francisco, Paris, Cologne, Glasgow, Israel and China.
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