Benjamin Rubin was born in Austria and came to the United States as a child. He was a graduate of the Cooper Union school of art in New York in 1919 and the National Academy of Design in New York in 1924. He also attended New York City's Educational Alliance from 1937 to 1939.
He worked as an etcher, engraver, pastelist, watercolorist, and painter in New York in the 20's and 30's, in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in the 40's, 50's and 60's, in Miami in the 70's and 80's and in Santa Barbara in the early 90's.
His work was shown at the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Washington Country Museum of Fine Art, The Artist's Union in Baltimore, the "Directions in American Painting: show at the Carnegie Institute, annually at the Smithsonian Institution from 1950-1958 and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in November of 1957.