About Donald Gruber
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Retired visual arts educator and working professional artist. My primary media are acrylic paintings and cut paper, although I have worked in nearly every medium and I am always exploring new ones.
I have explored most media and have done what traditionalists call “real” art (representational realism, landscape, still life, etc.). But I have settled into a kind of personal iconographic imagery that expresses my view of the world as it presents itself to me. My work is primarily focused on three dichotomies: Life/Death. Love/Hate, and Trust/Betrayal. In my work, my attempt is to portray the humor, absurdities, and insecurities found among the chaos and confusion that defines modern life. My work contains symbolic and retrospective images derived from my life experiences. These images do not impose the restrictions of “rules.” I do them spontaneously and freely.
My artistic inspirations are diverse and include such artists as ceramicist Rimas VisGirda, painters Preston Jackson, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Vincent van Gogh, the radiant characteristics of Hispanic art, and the stylistic elements of Art Deco. My style, which I call "Deco-Surrealism" has evolved over time and each phase of it has reflected some aspect of those inspirations and their aggregate influence on me.