Patrick Rubinstein

Patrick Rubinstein, the optical artist who multiplies and makes the subjects of his paintings move by drawing on the treasure chest of memories and the collective memory of our culture.

Patrick Rubinstein's art is a splendid journey through the centuries, through different eras and cultures, each with its own fashions, idols and mania, which come to life and move thanks to the power of kinetic art.

His paintings recover the principles of optical art, an artistic movement born in the 1960s at the hands of visionary artists such as Vassarely or Yacov Agam, and combine them with his greatest passions: cinema, music and fashion.

Patrick Rubinstein, like a skilled director, manages to give life to works which, based on perspective and light, generate different images in the same painting. His works, in fact, are divided into doubles and triples depending on whether they incorporate two or three images.

Finding yourself in front of one of his masterpieces is a bit like magic. A subject appears to us from the front, if we move to the right or left we see others. Not to mention that, in doubles, the passage from one image to another in turn generates a kaleidoscope of other sub-images created according to the same optical principles.

However, the power of Patrick Rubinstein's creations does not end in technical virtuosity. Or in the precious materials used which, especially in Excpetion, his latest series, give life to elegant golden butterflies in flight on Klein blue backgrounds and a universe more inspired by the world of nature.

The greatness of the works of this French artist also lies in his history, in his message and in the successful attempt to give something to the community. Starting from personal memories, the influence of his mother, a great cinema enthusiast, and that of his father, a creative entrepreneur in love with optical art, who taught his son the first rudiments of kinetic art as if it were a game, using old and dusty family photos.

Yes, because, after all, the principle is simple. If we take a photograph and fold it into many small parts we will see that, with the light and by changing the observation point, it will multiply into different images. What really makes the difference in Patrick Rubinstein's works is the artist himself, his path and his research.

At eighteen, it was '78, he sold his first painting. From there to the real international debut, in 2008, thirty years passed, spent perfecting the technique. To study, try and try again. Working, first in the family business. Launching his own clothing brand whose influence can be seen in the use of glitter, very fashionable shots and some colors that seem to come directly from a fashion show. It was the death of his father in 2006 that pushed him to launch himself into the world of art. After a few years, we are in 2013, he is already considered among the hundred best French artists.

His works tell of his passions, or rather, our passions, reliving, here and now, everything that made our hearts beat. The Beatles, the English flag, Amy Winehouse and her most famous songs but also the masterpieces of Leonardo Davinci, Klimt, Maigritte or Van Gogh.

From the sacred to the profane it's a short step and Marylin, Brigitte Bardot and the great Hollywood divas return to the scene, together with the most beloved TV characters such as Spiderman and Betty Boop.

What Patrick Rubinstein does is extraordinary, he brings our memories back to life and moves in a hymn to life, to creativity, to eternal historical courses and recurrences.

His works are in the most prestigious collections in the world, an entire Music Madness series of his was purchased by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens in 2014 while his solo exhibitions all over the world can no longer be counted.

Alongside paintings intended for the art market, today Patrick Rubinstein focuses on large monumental installations. Enormous works of optical art that can be enjoyed by everyone, contributing, in one way or another, to bring a smile linked to the most beautiful memories.

The artist's works