Ruprecht von Kaufmann is a contemporary German artist, who was born and raised in Munich, educated in Los Angeles, worked in New York, and relocated to Berlin in 2003. Von Kaufmann was an avid drawer through his youth, though never considered pursuing art because an art history teacher taught him that figurative painting was definitively dead. He had little interest in abstract or conceptual art, though left Germany to enroll in the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Once he discovered that there were artists still painting representational art, he was immediately hooked. Since then, he's maintained his focus on bridging the gap of modernism to fuse old with new.