Born in Havana, Cuba in 1961, one year apart from his wife, Isabel Toleda, They met in high school in New Jersey and have been corroborating together for years. Ruben Toleda is a self taught illustrator, designer, sculptor, surrealist, fashion chronicler and critic. He also designs fabrics, scarves, store windows, award statuettes, murals, album covers, portraits and barns. He is the author of a book 'The Style Dictionary'- (Abberville Press 1997)
'Toledo loves fashion, but he is also wonderfully cynical in the best sense of the boulevardier, the same role he assumes in life, walking amidst the fashion world with a dandy's fascination and poise.' (Richard Martin)
His fluid and witty illustrations are incorporated in the Spectres exhibition, not only as flat paintings on walls and installations, but as large wooden silhouettes which cast looming, distorted shadows that create a feeling of haunting.
born in Havana,Cuba 1961
A multi-faceted artist, Ruben Toledo is the master of several media. His best-known work delights in the absurdity, audacity and charisma of the fashion world. Unlike many illustrators, he adds wit and perspective to the representation of the human figure.