Reuben Halpern was born in Walbrzych, Poland in 1948. In 1957, at the age of 9, Reuben’s family moved to Israel. There he lived on a Kibbutz for several years until his family moved to the town of Kiryat Shmona. It was then that he began creating metal art.
After graduating high school he attended Yod Naton. Yod Naton was an agricultural school outside the city of Akko. There he graduated as a practical engineer in agricultural machinery and farming. Upon graduation, Reuben entered the Israel Army in their Nachal Branch.
In 1968, while driving his tractor, patrolling the border at Argamon, he went over a land mind. Nine months later, still recovering, he returned to civilian life in Kiryat Shmona. It was there that he met his future wife, Karen Adrienne Allen, from Birmingham, AL.
In 1971 Reuben and Karen were married in Haifa, Israel. They resided for 7 years in Kiryat Atta. Their two sons, Jacob and Allen were both born in Haifa. In 1977 the Halpern family moved to Birmingham, AL.
Reuben found a great deal of satisfaction working in machinery fabrication, welding, cutting and bonding. The scrap metal and parts “talked” to him. He became very creative with abstract and functional metal art. He even developed a love for yard art.
Today Reuben enjoys aiding his wife and sons in their company K-chem, Inc. in Birmingham. He also meets the challenges with his sons on maintaining their rental properties. He works as well with Rushton Foundation in its farming program. And of course, Reuben is in his studio every day creating new Metal Art.
We hope you will enjoy the Metal Art of Reuben Halpern. And look for him at different art shows and galleries as he continues to enchant the art lovers with his Metal Art. Thank you for your patronage.