Born and raised in Buenos Aires in 1964, Cukier chooses colors and shades that reveal a yearning for a less superficial, less deceptive reality. The forms, dimensions and colors give shape to dreams and nightmares, and even allude to a notion of hope. Humor is used to reflect fears, habits and desires that most of us deny and suppress deep within.
The dictionary defines surrealism, as a style of art and literature, stressing the subconscious or non-rational significance of imagery arrived at by automatism or the exploitation of chance effects and unexpected juxtapositions.
Ruben Cukier , surrealist painter, born and raised in politically violent Buenos Aires, is a member of an illustrious roster of artists who's vivid imagination and fantasy informed their art-making.
Visual artists from Salvador Dali, Fernando Botero, Dorothea Tanning and writers such as Jose Saramago, Carlos Fuentes, and Franz Kafka, to name a very few, have mined the rich subconscious for imagery.
unexpected juxtapositions that, at first, are baffling and thought-provoking but when considered more closely, produce a frisson of recognition. The recognition of dreams, fears or thoughts that we ourselves may have experienced at one time or another. That is why, I feel, his paintings are so appealing. Ruben Cukier's paintings depict images and ideas that are, not only pleasing and visually stunning, but also somehow universal and timeless.
Lydia Schrufer, BFA. Arts Editor : Arts & Opinion mag.