Paula Rubino was born in 1968 in Trenton, New Jersey into a family of snowbirds who eventually settled in Florida. Not long after becoming a reluctant lawyer, she changed course and delved seriously into writing and painting, living in Mexico, Ireland, and eventually Florence, Italy where she received her diploma in Drawing and Painting at the Florence Academy of Art in 2000. She then studied etching with Richard Serrin, followed by working with Odd Nerdrum in Norway.
Rubino’s paintings are marked by spare, careful arrangements of people, objects, and space. Slightly absurd compositions, elements of humor, beauty, and strangeness are sometimes employed to subtly convey social messages.
Based in Stuart, Florida, Rubino also paints in her studio in southwestern Finland.