Born in 1973, Gideon Rubin was awarded a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA from the Slade School of Art, London. Rubin has exhibited his work extensively, including solo exhibitions at the Artists' House, Jerusalem, Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan and The Freud Museum, London. In 2014, Rubin was awarded the Shifting Foundation grant. Rubin's work is held in both private and public collections, including those of the Zabludowicz Collection, London and the Herziliya Museum for Contemporary Art, Israel. Rubin's self-portrait Back (2017) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2017. Rubin is represented by galleries across the globe, including Galerie Karsten Greve, Fox Jensen McCrory and Alon Segev Gallery.
Rubin's work explores the themes of childhood, family and memory. In his figurative work, Rubin captures fading memories, often erasing or blurring the facial features of his sitters, inviting the viewer to complete the faces themselves, using their own memories. Rubin's self-portrait similarly toys with ideas of erasure. Back puts an interesting spin on the genre, depicting the artist facing away from the viewer in oil on linen.