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About Mitchel Rubin


  • Mobilization for Youth Cultural Arts Program, N.Y.C.
  • Hofstra University, Long Island, N.Y. Received a B.F.A. in painting/drawing
  • Continuing art studies at U.C. Berkeley, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA, Laney College and Studio One in Oakland, CA.

Experience 1969 to Present

  • Fine artist of paintings and sculptures shown in galleries nationwide and bought for permanent addition to many private collections.  Created numerous public outdoor installation pieces.

1973 to 1988

  • Leather Craftsman and Leather artist.  Hand carving and paintings large leather wall hangings.  Designing and hand stitching leather briefcases, journals, belts, boxes, wallets etc.

1974 to 1988

  • Hand crafting of leather hood straps for the Morgan Automobile, a fine hand built English sports car.

1979 to Present

  • Wearable art...designer and craftsman of fine hand-painted, hand-molded, one-of-a-kind leather and feather masks that combine a unique blend of traditional and contemporary art forms.  These masks can be worn or displayed as wall art and have been featured in galleries, museums, and art festivals worldwide and bought for permanent addition to many private collections.

1988 to present


Awards Received


  • 2nd prize...Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival


  • Career Achievement Award, Harvest Festival, San Francisco, California



  • 1st Prize, Fiesta de las Artes, Hermosa Beach, California



  • 20th Anniversary Invitational Circle Award, Tapestry in Talent Arts Festival, San Jose, California



  • 30th Annual KQED Auction Art Award (listener supported television), San Francisco, California



  • Honorable Mention Award, Marin County Fair Arts competition, San Rafael, California



  • Certificate of Merit, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, California



  • 2nd Prize, Santa Cruz Spring Fair, Santa Cruz, California



  • Special Award, California Artists, Monterey Arts Festival, Monterey, California

  • Festival Award, Upper Grand Avenue Street Fair, San Francisco, California



  • 1st Prize, Berkeley Fall Arts Festival, Berkeley, California



  • 1st Prize, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Mill Valley, California

Other Related Experience
  • I have taught art on the high school and junior high school level in N.Y.C.  I have given leather arts workshops at the Marin Academy in San Rafael, California, and private mask making workshops in my studio.

  • I have shown my work at numerous museums, galleries, as well as art festivals throughout the world.

  • I have shown with the Museum of Folk Arts in Los Angeles, California.  I have shown with the Oakland Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery in San Francisco, California

  • I have also displayed by masks with the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and at the Jewish Community Museum's Purim Mask Exhibition in San Francisco, California.

  • My masks have also been shown in galleries in Paris, and Art festivals in Amsterdam

  • I'm an invited artist to the Lincoln Center Arts and Crafts Festival in N.Y.C. which has been rated by Sunshine Artists Magazine as one of the top festivals in the United States.

  • I have participated in Tiffany's Masked Ball and Benefit for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra which included such notables as: Adolfo, Red Grooms, David Hockney, Jim Henson Productions, Peter Max, Leroy Neiman, Paloma Picasso, Larry River, Gloria Vanderbilt, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Yoko Ono, among others.  I've also participated in the Benefit Masked Ball for the Santa Rosa Symphony League in Santa Rosa, California.

  • I have worked with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and designed masks and puppets for the 1997 production of "Two Gentlemen of Verona".

  • My work has been used for commercial displays and advertisements in Vogue and Sunset Magazines as well as numerous local and regional newspapers.

  • I have been designing and hand painting silk ties and men's accessories.  I have shown them at art festivals throughout the country.  My men's wear has also been distributed in men's shops and fine stores throughout the United States and also in shops in Japan.

  • I have been represented at the Magic Men's Apparel Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Men's Big and Tall Men's Apparel Show in Miami, Florida.  Through this market I have sold my wearable art to Nordstroms, Macy's Bullocks, The Mens Warehouse, Mens Big and tall Stores, and numerous small shops.

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