Ephraim Rubenstein was born in Brooklyn New York in 1956. He received his BA in Art History from Columbia University and his MFA 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.

Rubenstein just had his eleventh one-person exhibition in New York; seven at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, one at Tatistcheff & Co., and three at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. 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. 

Rubenstein was Associate Professor of Art at the University of Richmond from 1987 to 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 (RISD), the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and the National Academy of Design School. He is currently on the faculty of the Art Students League of New York, where he teaches the Literature of Art Seminar and Life Drawing, and at Columbia University, where he teaches Life Drawing in the Department of Narrative Medicine. For more information, visit


  • Ephraim Rubenstein in Two-Person Exhibition of Wax-Resist Drawings

    The Quickening Image is a process-based exhibition that highlights the creative potential of the wax-resist technique in drawings, opening at the Lore Degenstein Gallery on September 1.

  • Ephraim Rubenstein Painting Film Debut in AUGGIE

    Ephraim Rubenstein's landscape The Loveliest of Fields will appear in the set of the upcoming feature film Auggie.

  • Ephraim Rubenstein in The American Dream

    The American Dream: American Realism, 1945–2017 is an international double exhibition of work by an eclectic group of 67 American artists.

  • The Screaming Child

    A drawing like this involves seeing, reacting, and remembering. With the pen in continual movement, the drawing embodies a seamless coordination of hand, eye, mind, and heart.

  • Ephraim Rubenstein's Two-Person Show

    An exhibition that tells the stories of a radically new drawing technique, collaboration, and friendship.

  • My Oil Painting Palette

    There is no such thing as a correct or neutral palette. Every palette has an agenda; it aids and even encourages you to paint a certain way.

  • On Exhibition Ephraim Rubenstein's Wax-Resist Drawings

    The Quickening Image: The Wax-Resist Drawings of David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein/A Twenty Year Collaboration is an exhibition that embodies several stories.

  • "The Human Presence": Robin Smith Paintings

    "The Human Presence" is Ephraim Rubenstein's article on Art Students League student and monitor Robin Smith that will appear in the January/February issue of The Artist's Magazine.

  • Rubenstein's Solo Exhibitions

    Ephraim Rubenstein will be exhibiting paintings in two solo exhibitions. The first opens at the George Billis Gallery, in Chelsea, NYC; the second opens at the Stone Tower Gallery, in Glen Echo, MD.

  • Ephraim Rubenstein in American Arts Quarterly

    “The most interesting artists have always made work that embodies shifts, even radical jumps, breaking through earlier stylistic habits” writes Sarah Sutro in “Magnifying Stillness: Locating Meaning in the Work of Ephraim Rubenstein,” which appears in the Spring 2014 issue of American Arts Quarterly.

  • Ten Books Every Artist Should Have—and Know Well

    We carry on conversations with great books over the years, and as we change, the works change with us. A must-have list of ten books for artists.

  • I Only Have Eyes for You

    We have all had the experience of going to an exhibition and having one painting stand out so completely in your mind, that you remember little, if anything else, about what you have seen.

  • Artist's Magazine Article on Ephraim Rubenstein's Paintings

    These houses are powerful statements about the human condition, as well as meditations on the passage of time and the struggle to remain whole.

  • Ephraim Rubenstein

    The Woodley Suite and Other Works is a solo show of work by Ephraim Rubenstein opening at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (Hagerstown, MD) on August 17, 2013.

  • Ephraim Rubenstein's Cityscapes

    Ephraim Rubenstein's gouache cityscapes will be part of the group show Seeing the City: Artists’ Views of New York City, at the George Billis Gallery (521 West 26th Street), July 23–August 17, 2013.

  • The Studio Project | Ephraim Rubenstein

    I live in Ellicott City, Maryland, a small mill town to the southwest of Baltimore. I have been working in this space for over fifteen years.