Leonardo il Truffatore, (Francis Rubbra) was born in Sydney Australia. Since studying fine art painting in London in the early 80s he has worked as a portrait painter, illustrator and musician. He has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in London, illustrated educational children's books and exhibited his paintings widely.
An adherent to the belief that all creative acts must be intellectually three dimensional, Rubbra embraces the absurd, both contextually and abstractly in an attempt to turn the act of learning about art itself into an artwork. As a practising artist, he is keenly aware of the value of unconditional contradiction. The prevailing and reoccurring motif in his books is a class dust-up over art, claiming the layman's voice as a writing style, he subtly examines class prejudice its absurdities and beauty and simultaneously provides solid foundational guidance for the novice artist.
As a body of work, the two books, offer over 600 novel and fresh perspectives on art and the artist's context. The job he set himself was to write about art in the most shortened way possible, minimalism without a loss of meaning or in his case the will to live.