Ephraim Rubenstein was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. In addition, he attended classes at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, the National Academy School and the Art Students League.
Mr. Rubenstein most recently had his tenth solo-exhibition in New York, this one at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea in 2010. From 1985-1997, he had seven one-person exhibitions at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York followed by another at Tattistcheff & Co. in 2000. He has exhibited, as well, at the National Academy of Design, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Maier Museum of Art. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Exxon Corporation, and Deloitte & Touche.
Mr. Rubenstein is an active, dedicated teacher. He was a tenured Associate Professor of Art at the University of Richmond from 1987-1998, where he received the Distinguished Educator Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and is currently on the faculty of the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts.
Mr. Rubenstein is delighted to be loaning “James River, Winter I” to the Art in Embassies Program again. It was previously on loan to Ambassador Purnell in Tashkent from 2004-2007. The artist has written of the painting;
“The James River is one of my favorite rivers in the world. It is wide and powerful, and yet, around Richmond at least, has gently sloping banks that invite one to approach and enter. Unlike the massive and forbidding quality of the Hudson, the James is intimate and welcoming. I have painted the James in all seasons and at all times of day, but the soft winter light is my favorite. I especially love the little islands of trees that detach themselves from the banks, and then dissolve into the mists of the river. In “James River, Winter I,” I used the curved banks of the river to lead the viewer gently into the painting, and I chose, as well, that very magical late afternoon light, in which the cold blues and purples of winter are laced with the gold of the sun’s last rays.”