Seymour Tubis Biography

Seymour Tubis




Seymour Tubis, painter, sculptor, and printmaker, was born in Philadelphia on September 20, 1919. He studied at Temple University in Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Museum School of Art from 1941 to 1942; the Art Students’ League in New York from 1946 to 1949 with Vaclav Vytlacil, Will Barnet, Harry Sternberg, and Morris Kantor; l'Académie de la grande Chaumière in Paris from 1949 to 1950; and L'Istituto d'Arte in Florence in 1950. A chance meeting with Georges Braque during Tubis' first solo exhibition in Paris induced Braque to nominate Tubis for the Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed him to continue his studies in Florence. He also studied under Hans Hoffman.

Tubis served in the military during World War II. He was a cartographer in the South Pacific and was commissioned to paint a mural for the US Army Signal Corps School at Camp Crowder, Missouri.

In 1948, after his military discharge, Tubis taught painting and printmaking at the Art Students’ League in New York. In the early 1950s he was an instructor in Adult Education in New York City as well as at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art. He worked as artist-consultant for the New York Times between 1955 and 1960. In 1962, Tubis moved to New Mexico where he spearheaded the printmaking department of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He served as chair of the art department from 1963 to 1980.

Tubis exhibited internationally and his works are represented in the Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Institute, Dallas Museum of Art, Georgetown University, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Royal Society in London, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. He was a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists and a life member of the Art Students’ League.

Seymour Tubis died in Denver, Colorado on May 15, 1993.