Friedel Dzubas (1915-1994) was an American Color Field painter. He is best known for large-scale compositions that feature stain like passages of color, made with magna acrylic paint. Born in Berlin, he studied at the Prussian Academy of Fine Art under Paul Klee while in Düsseldorf. In 940, Dzubas fled Germany for New York City where he later became a citizen. It was here that in 1948 he met the acclaimed critic Clement Greenberg who became a lifelong friend and champion of his work. Through Greenburg, Dzubas would meet and befriend a number of artists including Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler whom he shared a studio with from 1952 -1953. In the early 1950s, he exhibited work first with the influential Tibor De Nagy Gallery and later with Leo Castelli Gallery followed by Andre Emmerich and Knoedler Galleries. During this period he was also included in important exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A retrospective of Dzubas’ work was shown at the Museum of fine art, Houston in 1974 and at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston the following year. In 1983, Dzubas was honored with an exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Paintings by the artists are included in significant international private and public collections including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Inst., Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.