Madison Rubenstein is an artist currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2013.

Since 2008, Rubenstein's work has been exhibited in several galleries and public spaces, including the Franklin Arts Center, Bedlam Theater, Mall of America, Co-Exhibitions, Northrup King Building, Public Functionary, and more.

You can find her painting in studio 206A of the California Building in NE Minneapolis. Her studio is open annually for Art-A-Whirl and by appointment.


A Review

There resides in Minneapolis a young savant of art-spiration and quality loose leaf teas. Madison Elyse Rubenstein has called the Twin Cities her home for the best years of her life, and god willing, many more. In the time I’ve known her, Madison’s art has expressed a freedom of sense, a transcendental respect for the individual experience; if wonderment had a flavor, I would be hard pressed to doubt it to be her transformative pieces. Inspired by the likes of Carl Jung, she challenges what, as humans, we are willing to set as boundaries for the subconscious, the visceral, the macabre, and the internalized. As an artist myself, my greatest challenge is conjuring up the nerve to provide life to a collective work, to align pieces with a sheer and feather-light hope that they will relate and connect. Madison can do this with a seemingly effortless grace, although grace would be the last word she would use. She would say, “It isn’t about thought. Art is messy. It’s a feeling. You’re looking at different parts of you and maybe some you didn’t know were there.” This whimsy is a grounding force for her, and each project adheres to the concept of feeling over form, although her proclivity for using unconventional techniques and media is what I have come to admire most about her art, and you should too.

-Elias Blocker