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Philip is an artist, writer, teacher and visionary in several fields. He holds undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate degrees (M.A., MFA) in Studio Arts, Philosophy, Comparative Religion. His work has been exhibited internationally in more than 80 exhibitions and his writings have been read world-wide in numerous articles and journals. He is the author of "Drinking Lightning - Art, Creativity and Transformation" and organizes and teaches painting techniques of the old masters in the annual seminars; "Old Masters-New Visions". Philip is also spear-heading The MAIA Project, a dream of his that is 30 years in the making, which will represent a kind of United Nations of visionary artists and a forum for creativity as an agent for transformation in education and in all walks of life. He is represented by Galerie 10 in Vienna, and by Galerie Paradijs in Holland.
Philip's background as a self-taught artist is unique, and complemented by his studies with the internationally renowned artist, Ernst Fuchs, at Castle Wartholz, and in Vienna, Austria, 1973-1974. During this time he trained in painting and print making techniques of the Old Masters. This knowledge prevails beneath the versatility of the artist's work. Rubinov's travels have been extensive, including India, where he studied Kashmir Shaivism and Vedanta with Muktananda Paramahansa (1975 - 1980) and wandered naked with a band of sadhus in 1978. He has studied the world wisdom traditions, the Martial Arts of Kodakan Judo with Dr.
Sachio Ashita, Aikido Sword with Robert Wing and Transpersonal Psychology, informally, with his friend, the renowned author and philosopher, Ken Wilber. He has been a strong proponent for the Fine Arts especially in the "visionary and fantastic genre's and has been referred to as "the lynch-pin of visionary art" by Alex Grey. He has served on several city art councils, and has been a recipient of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. In 1981 he cofounded and directed what was probably the first Institute for Contemplative Education and Visionary Art in the United States, located in upstate New York.
Philip not only has an international reputation as a fine artist, but also in contemplative education as a visionary - leader, innovator, teacher, and administrator. In 1995, along with a fabulous staff that he assembled, the professor founded and directed the new School of Continuing Education at Naropa University where he served as a dean from 1991-1997. He continues his work as an artist, writer and teacher, and is an adjunct faculty member of Vermont College at Norwich University and lectures at Naropa university on occasion.
In addition to his current projects, he is devoting time to his next book, "Eyes of the Soul - Exploring Sources of Inspiration in an Art of the Spirit", which will feature more than 150 artists from all over the world. The images will be complemented with interviews and statements by the artists themselves on their sources of inspiration and creative process. Essays by esteemed writers such as Ken Wilber, and other scholars and philosophers, will also enhance this exciting work which will be available in Summer, 2004. Contact the artist at the e-address below.