Born: 1915

Died: 1993

Gender: Male

Nationality: German

“His best pictures reverberate with overtones of the grand manner, but he remains a unique 20th century individual.” Karen Wilkin in Contemporary Artists.

Dzubas was born in Berlin and studied at the Berlin Gymnasium until 1931. From 1931 to 1933 he attended the Prussian Academy of Fine Art and Kunstgewerbeschule, then from 1933 he studied with Paul Klee in Düsseldorf until 1936. In 1939 Dzubas emigrated to the United States and became an American citizen.

He painted in an abstract style from the 1950s. His style reflected his involvement with the New York scene, but also showed evidence of the European tradition. He used vivid colours applied in a broad yet anonymous fashion. He used a scrubbing technique which allowed for the colours to make an impact without any obvious evidence of the human hand. By the Seventies his paintings became highly dramatic through his use of surprising colour contrasts and the dynamic results caused by the clashes between dark and light.

In the Eighties Dzubas has created monotypes, using presses to make his prints as large as some of his canvases. His style became more Baroque with his symmetrical colour blocks being replaced by colours that are allowed to roam more freely around the canvas. Dzubas paints in the Modernist tradition but has been compared to the German Romanticist movement as well as the Venetian Renaissance. He has exhibited regularly, most often in New York.