Adam Rhine is an artist who has been creating ornate, highly detailed Judaica watercolor paintings since 1999. His style is heavily influenced by medieval illuminated manuscripts which he combines with modern palettes and aesthetics. Born in Chicago in 1970, Adam grew up an incessant doodler and cartoonist and decided to pursue art at an early age. He graduated with a BFA in Commercial Illustration from Northern Illinois University at age 22, and was awarded by a jury the opportunity for a one-man show of 16 abstract fine art paintings during his senior year, an award not commonly given to a student majoring in commercial art. He married his classmate, fellow illustrator Karen, soon after graduation.
In his professional life, he has animated educational videos, coordinated the 2D/3D animation department for a video game company, executed website design and e-learning development for major corporations, and acted as Creative Director of an industry-leading furniture manufacturing company. He is currently a Strategic Communications Manager for a major healthcare insurance provider in downtown Chicago.
In September, 2004, Adam was interviewed by the Hallmark Channel to discuss his artwork and inspirations, and then by the Chicago Tribune in August, 2006 in advance of his book being published. His designs have also been featured on the covers of the Texas Jewish Post, Kashrus Magazine, The Jewish Exponent, and Chadashot Magazine.
A line of large format Ketubot (Jewish wedding contracts) by Adam Rhine is available exclusively through Ketubah.com, the largest provider of Ketubah and "Blessings for the Home" designs in North America. They will continally be adding new paintings throughout the year from his portfolio.
Adam’s 108-page hardcover art book, "Hebrew Illuminations," is published by Sounds True Inc. The book features all 22 Hebrew Illuminated Letters, as well as 22 select designs from his ongoing Magen David (Star of David) series. The meanings and numerology behind each letter are written about in great detail by Adam with the help of New York-based writer/teacher Louise Temple, as well as insights into each Magen David painting.
From September through November of 2007, a major showing of his works was held at the Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck, NY. Forty of his best-known Magen Davids and ten of the Hebrew Illuminated Letter Series were on display during the High Holy Days. Photos of this unique show are in the Facebook fan club, which is free to join.
For the twelfth year in a row, Adam’s bestselling wall calendar, also called "Hebrew Illuminations," features 16 of his unique Judaica designs. With Amber Lotus Publishing, he is currently working on designs for the thirteenth edition in the series to be published in 2017.
New for 2016 are theColoring Journey through the Jewish Holy Days -A Coloring Book for Adults and the Coloring Your Jewish Year Wall Calendar.