Becoming a sculptor has been the culmination of many life experiences and skills learned along the way. Involved in the world of art for all of his life, Rubenstein has worked with numerous art forms such as lithography, etching, woodcuts, architectural drawing, and sculpture. As a child, Rubenstein enjoyed creating large-scale snow sculptures with his father and siblings. Under the care and guidance of his mother, who herself was an art historian and curator at the Smithsonian Institution, Rubenstein developed at a young age a discerning and aesthetic eye from a diverse exposure to art.

Trained in physics and mechanical engineering at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, Rubenstein then spent six years completing his MSc and PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, studying the brain and visual sciences. His research attempted to elucidate various anomalies of visual perception, such as camouflage, and more generally, the processes at work within the visual system.

Rubenstein developed a keen interest in sculpture that incorporates water from his love of sailing and canoeing. Having canoed for many years on the lakes and rivers of Maine and Canada, he has spent many a moment plotting a passage through a raging river. This is where he became fascinated and mesmerized with the various patterns of water. His love of sailing and interest in the forces of wind on a sail has led him to explore kinetic components in his art, powered both by wind and the movement of water.