Born in 1978, it wasn't long before Chris DeRubeis showed a very early proclivity for drawing. This talent was nurtured to the fullest by his family, and at the age of 11 his grandfather gave Chris his first airbrush. After watching Chris use his airbrush for the very first time, his grandfather proclaimed that Chris was to become the artist his Grandfather always wanted him to... be and would inevitably share his talents on the world's grand stage. Education was hard for DeRubeis. Although he loved drawing figures on maths tests, the same could not be said for solving equations. He preferred doodling beautiful landscapes in the blank spaces instead of essays. At age 20, the artist attended the Pasadena Art Center as well as the Associates in Art College in Sherman Oaks. He painted custom Harleys and started a successful Party T-Shirt business in order to pay for his art school tuition. Tutors tried to convince him to choose a “more commercial style” of art but he was never satisfied painting ‘…like everyone else.’ DeRubeis' paintings explore a world of celestial abstraction that depicts vivid colour and light, using soft lines and weaving together forms of metal sculpture and paint to make his composition flow in harmony. The artist experiments with different power tools to transform the way light reacts with the surface of each aluminium piece, as well as exposing the metal to natural elements such as fire, water, and freezing techniques. His unique style was met with uncertainty by galleries and the art world, as galleries had not sold art of its kind before. Quickly his innovative style and technique were noticed and galleries across the country began inquiring about his work. Because of his unique style, the artist is now titled the 'Father of the Conceptual Movement'. his artwork has taken the world by storm, gaining him a variety of art awards and worldwide recognition. In 2005 DeRubeis' work was submitted and honoured with two nominations by the First Annual Fine Art Awards televised live from the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Nominated in the "Mixed Media" and "New Movement" categories, he earned the "MUSE" Award in "New Movement" and is now known as "The Father of the Conceptual Movement".