Ruah Edelstein is a film director and an animation artist, painter, author, and co-founder of Lumen Animae, - Amity of Creative Partnerships. The main theme of this artist's creative work is the destiny of the human soul, the journey of it, and an appeal to kindness as an eternal value.
Edelstein was born in Lithuania and grew up while the country was a part of USSR. At age ten, her promising talent in painting gained her a position at Klaipeda city's Adomo Brako School of Fine Arts. In five years at this school, Ruah established the foundation in her formal education in arts. Following graduation in 1995, Edelstein moved to Western Europe pursuing an acting and theater directing career with an American touring theater with which Edelstein toured for three years.
A combination of fine art with theater brought a new-found passion for animation. Edelstein's portfolio gained her one of 20 positions at a National Film School of Ireland where she studied under the demanding studio approach to animation. Using proceeds from the sale of her paintings, Edelstein financed her move to the United States where she was accepted to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the school founded by Walt Disney in the early 1960s. Edelstein holds two degrees from CalArts: BFA in Character Animation and MFA in Experimental Animation. Her study includes a summer course at FAMU, a Film and Television Academy in Prague, Czech Republic, and half a year residency in Paris, France, at ENSAD's film department.
In the course of establishing her own artistic essence, Edelstein was influenced by works of Yuri Norstein, Andrey Tarkovsky's cinematography, extensively studied works by masters of painting.
Ruah's film Died 100 Times, 13 min. brought the artist international recognition. Her most recent shows include M. K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art (Kaunas, Lithuania), Maison du Neuve Cinema (Montreal, Canada), & NOW Conference for Authors of Innovative Literature (San Diego, USA), East China University, (Shanghai, China), Golden Reel International Film Center (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), Karlskrona City Municipality (Karlskrona, Sweden), Center of Video Art and Animation (Ekaterinburg, Russia), EuroShorts Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland), and Timeline Poetic Cinema Festival (UK), Greek Film Archive (Athens, Greece), and Lisboa Story Center (Lisbon, Portugal).
Ruah is an author of a series Oah & Harlam Episodes, an ongoing cross-disciplinary show in animation, literature, and theatrical performances. The artist is a faculty member at CalArts, where she teaches film production at Character Animation Department since 2012.