Orest Dubay – a graphic artist

A Self-portrait by Orest Dubay
A self-portrait by Orest Dubay

Orest Dubay was born in 1919 in Velka Polana and passed away in 2005. He was one of the most distinguished painters and graphic artists of the 20th century, known in Slovakia and abroad. Together with Šafranko, Hapák and Milly he greatly contributed to the development of painting and graphic arts in the second half of the 20th century. Dubay is known especially for his woodcuts and linocuts that impress with their directness, yet that do not simplify the themes from the lives of ordinary people. In 1989 Dubay donated a large number of his works to The Museum of Humenne where a permanent exhibition was set up. Click here to see one of his etchings called The Partisan (“partisans” were volunteer men and women who were helping to fight the Nazi Germany in WW II; in Slovakia especially they were instrumental in freeing the country from the Nazi influence).