Brian Rutenberg (South Carolina 1965 -)


Brian Rutenberg, a South Carolina native now residing in New York City, makes unique landscape paintings with an impasto surface that is vibrant and lush. Heavily glazed areas in the center of his canvases take on a glowing viscosity. The artist talks of his love of the Luminist American painting tradition, particularly the work of Martin Johnson Heade who endowed landscape with a profound sense of melancholy and wonder. Rutenberg’s art strives to straddle the divide between moody reminiscence of nature and a gradually evolving transformation of a Modernist-inspired vision traced back to his fascination with the quality of light found on the South Carolina low country coast.


Rutenberg earned a BFA from the College of Charleston, South Carolina and a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1997 he received a Fulbright Fellowship. His work has been represented in over eighty museum and gallery exhibitions