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, contextually and abstractly. As a practising artist, he is acutely aware of the value of unconditional contradiction. The recurrent theme of the two books written to date is one of a class dust-up over art, claiming the layman's voice as a writing style, he subtly explores class prejudice and hypocrisy and simultaneously provides solid foundational advice for the novice artist.
As a body of work, the two books, offer over 600 unique and original perspectives on art and the artist's context. The task he set himself was to write about art in the most summarised manner possible, minimalism without the loss of meaning nor in his case the will to live.