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Patrick Rubinstein (1960 - )

Patrick Rubinstein is a French contemporary artist, famous for his diverse style that represents a mixture of paintings, photos, images, and portraits.

As someone who works on the concept of the Opt Art his creations are actually optical illusions and games that offer multidimensional views, depending on the angle. At the same time, juxtaposing vibrant colors combined with black and white cause multiple emotions and reactions such as happiness and brightness. The movement and change in all his works confirm his statement that he doesn’t like static art. He succeeds to make images look alive, by developing kinetic universe, with the help of Surrealism, street, pop art, and Renaissance.

Patrick Rubinstein’s Life and Influences

The artist was born in 1960 in Paris, the time when Beatles, Brigitte Bardot, and Jackie Kennedy were popular. Since he was five years old, his avant-garde parents introduced him to gouache, and at the age of eight to Super 8 movie. Rubinstein was also engaged in the family fashion business, which he saw as a process of self-exploration, by taking challenges and getting new ideas every day. The vast spectrum of people that influenced Patrick’s art includes Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Leonardo da Vinci, Yves Klein, Philippe Pasqua, and Arman among others. His drawings and sculptures combine distant worlds, creating an unexpected dialogue, like the piece Love, in which he mixes the Mona Lisa, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop, Charlie Chaplin, Basquiat and Michelangelo.

Recognisable Style

Rubinstein is focused not on the process itself, but rather on what the work represents and which emotions it triggers. After father’s death in 2006, he was determined to revitalise childhood memories and craft, so in the next three years, he perfected his skills until achieving his signature technique. He mastered the approach in which he combines two or more psychedelic contrast images into one portrait. Rubinstein’s themes are motion based, and his primitive methods that included scissors, photos, and cardboard evolved during the years. He began by making comedic portraits of his family and friends, but later the digital era allowed him to start making three-dimensional art which plays with viewers perception. In this way, the author opens the door of his imagination to the outer world.

Icons in his Art

Rubinstein usually includes symbols of American culture such as Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, or Elisabeth Taylor, but also Martin Luther King, 20th-century influential figure. Kinetic or Opt Art has roots in the works of Marcel Duchamp. Yaacov Agam, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Julio Le Parc, Victor Vasarely are some of the masters that guided him through his exploration of the Opt Art. In 2013, the artist was ranked 89th among the top 100 French artists. His works are part of collections of people like Formula one team owner, South Korean rock star and Saudi businessman. In 2014, his pieces were exhibited in places like the Opera Gallery in Seoul, the Shanghai exhibition center or the Copelouzos Family’s Museum of Art in Athens among others.

He is represented by the Galerie Perahia. The artist lives and works in Paris, France.

Featured image: Patrick Rubinstein – Portrait – Photo via

All other images courtesy of the Galerie Perahia; All images used for illustrative purposes only.

Solo Shows

Exception – Patrick RUBINSTEIN, Galerie Montmartre, Paris
Patrick Rubinstein - Kinetic Pop Art, Galerie Montmartre, Paris

Group Shows

Remastered Online , Galerie Montmartre Remastered, Galerie Montmartre, Paris
Scope Miami Beach 2017, Galerie Vivendi, Miami Fair booths
Galerie Vivendi at Art Wynwood 2018, Galerie Vivendi
Galerie Vivendi at Art Palm Beach 2018, Galerie Vivendi

Artist Gallery

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