Rubin Cukier: Modern Surrealism in a Modern World
Rubin Cukier was born and grew up in Buenos Aires. His love of art began with a budding fascinated with the dreamlike art of Salvador Dahli when he was a child. Art provides Cukier with a way for him to express the complex images born from his imagination. Although he never studied art formally, he spent a great deal of time practicing techniques of the great masters, as well as modern art forms. He has since lived and worked in many different countries, but currently resides with his family in Israel.
Cukier chooses colors and shades that reveal a yearning for a less superficial, less deceptive reality. The forms, dimensions, and colors give shape to dreams and nightmares, and even allude to a notion of hope. Humor is used to reflect fears, habits, and desires that most of us deny and suppress deep within. He considers his art to be the result of a great deal of mediation and the flow of his subconscious. Many of his subjects reflect the idea of society and how that affects humanity as a whole. That is why it so often contains both human and inhuman elements.
Many of his pieces are meant to convey an idea by showing two conflicting concepts brought together. This could be the image of a face on a building, such as Leonardo Bioconstruction or Garden of Desire. It might be the manipulation of a familiar image to be seen in a new way, such as Fury or the Tree of Dispair. It might even be taking a familiar idea and examining it under a different emotion, like the Airport of Angels. He takes a unique approach to all the scenes he paints.
As our artist of the month, take a moment to browse the Rubin Cukier gallery and see what an amazingly talented painter he is. Take a gimps of the world through his eyes and discover things you never knew. Bring a little of that wonder into your own home with one of his beautiful prints on canvas.