sarasota artist craig rubadoux

photo by son Craig Scott Rubadoux

"Since childhood I have enjoyed drawing and painting.

"While the subject matter of my work has changed over the decades, my passion to create has not."

Rubadoux has participated in over 70 exhibitions. Solo exhibitions have included the Ringling Museum of Art, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Lowe Museum of Art, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. His artworks are included in many public and private collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL; and the State of FL.

Rubadoux primarily works on paper and canvas. His paintings are intensely personal glimpses into particular emotions, and he frequently speaks of his work as a journal. Greatly affected by his environment and a love of nature, Rubadoux's painting style is colorful and fluid. Rubadoux's paintings are not literal documentations of nature, he seems interested in the essence rather than the facts of nature. There is an emphasis on line, color, and spatial relationships. While the subject matter varies, it embodies the artist's personal conception of the world and his feelings and responses to that world.


Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia
Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL
Samuel P.Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canada
American Embassy Collection, Madrid, Spain
Larios Corporation, Madrid, Spain
Volvo Canada, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
International Telephone and Telegraph
American Telephone and Telegraph
State of FL Department of Natural Resources
R.J. Reynolds Corporation
General Telephone and Electric
First Federal Bank, Janksonville, FL
Holland and Knight, Tampa, FL
Fine Arts Society, Sarasota, FL
Tampa Public Library, Tampa FL
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Miami Dade Community College, Miami, FL
Tropicana Corporation, Bradenton, FL
Home Federal, St. Petersburg, FL
NCNB Ellis Bank, Longboat Key, FL
Federal Reserve Bank, Maimi, FL
Kirk Pinkerton, Sarasota, FL
Barnett Banks of FL: Ft Lauderdale, Tampa, Ft Myers, St. Petersburg
Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Southern Bell Corporation
Foley and Lardner, Tampa, FL
North Miami Regional Library, Miami, FL
Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL
FL Dept. of Law Enforcement, Tampa, FL
Palm Beach International Airport, Palm Beach, FL
Capers Inc., Tampa, FL
West and Company, Tampa, FL
City of Orlando Public Art Collection, Orlando, FL
City of Orlando Public Art Collection, Ordando, FL
United Missouri Bank, NA, Kansas City, Missouri
Anchor Glass, Tampa, FL
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL


2013/14: 2 person exhibition in Sarasota, FL
2013: 2 person exhibition, Langlay Gallery, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
2012: Group exhibition of artists "who put Sarasota on the map," Sarasota, FL
2011: "Rubadoux a deux," 2 person exhibition with Craig Scott Rubadoux (photographer), New College, Bradenton
2009: Ringling College of Art and Design - Patricia Thompson Gallery, Keating Center, One Man Show
August 12 - September 28, 2009
2008: Walker & Rubadoux, Tampa, FL
2005 - 2012: Annual solo exhibition in Sarasota
2003: Brevard Art Museum, "Rubadoux aux Deux", Melbourne, FL
2002: South FL Museum, "Natural FL: Paintings form the Geiger & Percy Collection", Bradenton, FL
1997: Ringling Museum of Art, "Baroque Bash, a Fan Fantasy" Sarasota, FL
1997: Gulf Coast Museum, "A Vision for the Arts", Belleair, FL
1994: Exhibition at the Washington Irving Center, Madrid, Spain
1990: Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art - "Recent Work by Craig Rubadoux"
1990: Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art, "The Collaborative Spirit: works by Craig Rubadoux, Norman Jensen and William Schaaf",
Sarasota, FL
1990: Kentucky Derby Museum, "Horse Fresh: 16 Contemporary American Artists", Louisville, Kentucky
1989: Exhibition at Houston North Gallery, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
1987: Museum of Art, "Made in FL", Ft. Lauderdale, FL
1987: Tampa Museum of Art, "Tampa Celebrates", Tampa, FL
1987: Polk Museum of Art, "All FL Biennial Exhibitions", Lakeland, FL
1986: Museum of Fine Art, "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection of Gifts", St. Petersburg, FL
1986: Polk Museum of Art, "A Corporate Collections: Barnett Banks of FL", Lakeland, FL
1986: Ringling Museum of Art - "Craig Rubadoux: Works of Paper"
1977: Ringling Museum of Art, "The Circus in Art", Sarasota, FL
1974: Ringling Museum of Art, "Contemporary Religious Imagery" Sarasota, FL
1962-1984: Affiliate Tour: Brevard Art Center and Museum
FL; Gulf Coast Art Center, Cornell Fine Arts Center, Ringling Museum of Art
"Craig Rubadoux: Animal Studies" Sarasota, FL
1967: Lowe Museum of Art, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
1963-1964: Ringling Museum of Art - "Man and Beast," Sarasota, FL
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1994: University of South Florida, "Concert/Caples", 9'x6' oil on canvas, Caples Fine Art Complex, Sarasota, FL
1992: State of Forida, University of Central Florida, "Florida Song", 8'x14', oil on canvas, Arts Complex, Orlando, FL
1992: Alachua County Library District, "Paynes Prairie Song", 5'x10', oil on canvas, Millhopper Branch Library, Gainesville, FL
1991: Florida Department of Law Enforcement, "Hillsborough Hammock", 6'x12', oil on canvas, Tampa, FL
1988: Palm Beach International Airport, "Golden Dolphins", 4'x8', oil on paper, Palm Beach, FL
1979: Dade County Art in Public Places, "Nursery Rhymes", 6'x8', ceramic mural, South Miami Day Care, Miami, FL
1977: Dade County Art in Public Places Building Collection, "Parade", 11'x54', oil on canvas, North Miami Regional Library, Miami, FL
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2014: Create 50th anniversary poster for the Sarasota Music Festival, FL
2012: Painting demonstration at State College of Florida, Bradenton, FL
1994: New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL
1991: Jacksonville Museum of Art, Jacksonville, FL
1991: The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
1990: Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
1989 - 2004: Create posters for the Sarasota Music Festival, FL
1987: The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
1986: The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
1985: The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
1981: The South FL Art Institute of Hollywood, FL
1972: The University of South FL, Tampa, FL
1972: FL International University, Miami, FL
1969: University of FL, Gainesville, FL
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1987: First Prize, Festival of States, Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
1984: First Prize, Two Centers Show, Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
1981: Alfred University Fellowship, Summer Place, Alfred, New York
1980-81: Ossabaw Island Project Fellowship, Ossabaw Island, Georgia
1980: Individual Artist Grant for Sculpture, Fine Arts Council of FL
1978: Individual Artist Grant for Painting, Fine Arts Council of FL
1963: Purchase Prize, The Gallery, "National Invitational", Ft Lauderdale, FL
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  • "Seeing [Craig's work] is more like a daily meditation with the painting being honoured that day in that particular moment unfolding in his (the viewer's) heart."
    - Jonathan Hoffman, publisher, (2014)
  • "He can draw like an angel."
    - Syd Solomon, artist (date unknown probably the 1980s)
  • "The constancy in Rubadoux's work on paper is the immediacy of the idea he conveys through line and color. He orchestrates this arrangement like a conductor who intuitively knows the score."
    - Mark Ormond, Curator, Ringling College of Art & Design (1986)


Craig was born in l937 into a middle class family in New York State. As a young boy his creativity was encouraged by both is grandmother and his mother. His family's relocation to Florida introduced Craig to the sub tropical flora and fauna which in later years often made a presence in his paintings.

At the age of eleven, he was the youngest member of the Sarasota Art Association (Visual Arts Centre) and at the age of twelve, he had his first solo art exhibition. From that time on he knew that he wanted to paint.

Much to Craig's delight at the age of seventeen he won a scholastic art award to the Ringling School of Art where with great relish he drew naked ladies. After the naked ladies a wonderful opportunity presented itself to Craig to apprentice with Ben Stahl in Spain. After three wonderful years in Europe, visiting Museums, teaching and painting, Craig returned to Florida to begin his career in earnest.

On reflecting on Craig's life some of the personal highlights have been and continue to be his two now adult children, his friends, international travel, acquisition of his work by major museums and the generous appreciation of his work by his collectors.

More recently Craig has worked on antique glass and has created two major installations.

Craig feels privileged to have been endowed with this innate gift which gives him immeasurable joy and courage to continue on the adventure of life.


"My work is figurative, abstract and magically mystical. It is a reflection of man's search for meaning, his relationship with himself, his environment and the important people in his life.

"While lines, brush strokes and sensuous colour define the object, swirling lines expand beyond the figure, animal or landscape, suggesting movement, flux and change. I strive to keep the work fresh and alive, sometimes to a childlike feeling of abandon. Although I have worked steadily over many decades I continue to experience joy and great satisfaction when a difficult passage in a painting has been resolved successfully.

"Many of my paintings are done on gessoed paper. I am attracted to its surface qualities as well as its portability and immediacy. I feel that I can capture the intimate nature of drawing in my oils on paper.

"Although my work is very personal, viewers can recognize and identify with the range of feelings that are projected, such as longing, sensitivity, intensity and contemplation. Figures and forms are often distorted or disintegrated. In this process, the painting can communicate more of the essence and internal energy of being.

"More recently, I have been drawn to express myself more abstractly. I engage in this process with as much enthusiasm as possible allowing the moment to dictate the outcome.

"I draw inspiration from the wonderous creatures in nature such as the warthog, lemurs, lynxes, otters and birds as well as bleached trees on a southern beach, the dark Florida rivers and the craggy Nova Scotia coast."

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