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 Frederick R. Hubicki  (1939 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Vermont      Known for: landscape and genre painting

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Currently residing in Colorado but making frequent return trips to New Mexico and back East, Frederick Hubicki continues to express his wonder of nature, and his love of the expressive qualities of paint, on canvas.  Hubicki’s scope is extended in his genre paintings of farmer markets and auctions into which he also instills a decorative quality.

Working in oil and presently influenced by the Ashcan School of painters, George Bellows in particular, Hubicki employs a subtle use of color and light to emotionally connect with the viewer.

Frederick Hubicki began painting at the early age of twelve by studying watercolor and oil painting at the Troy, NY Historical Society.  He continued his art studies through high school and upon graduating headed straight to New York City.  He is a 1962 graduate of the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. At SVA Hubicki studied design and painting with, among others, George Ortman, Burnt Hogarth, Michael Loew and Alice Neel.  He continued his art studies at The Boston Architectural Center and New York University.

For twenty years Hubicki painted, as well as practiced commercial art, in New York City, working at various times as a graphic designer, illustrator, art director and creative director for publishers, record companies and advertising agencies.

In New York Hubicki painted abstracts, participated in group shows, and had a one-man show at the Lynn Knothler Galleries in 1967.  During this period his work was influenced by the abstract expressionists as well as Henri Matisse.  Hubicki’s work is in many private collections as well as among the collections of companies such as the Gruen Watch Corporation, the A&P Corporation, Leisurecraft Industries, and YKK? Zippers USA Inc.

Hubicki also lived and painted in Vermont for many years showing at various local galleries and participating in the Vermont Visual Artist programs of 1989 and 1990 at the Vermont Studio School & Colony.  During this period Hubicki painted in oil and began to devote more time to landscapes and genre paintings of farmers markets and country auctions.

From 1991 until 1996 Hubicki lived in Santa Fe, NM and explored the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains painting the New Mexico landscape.

The years of 1996 and 1997 found Hubicki in Maine painting seascapes in oil much in the manner of Winslow Homer, George Bellows and Robert Henri.  He also continued his Genre painting.

2009 finds Hubicki living in Salida, CO and painting scenes of the Arkansas River and the Rocky Mountains as well as figure drawing and painting.  Hubicki is a member of the Art of the Rockies Association and the Chaffee County Council on the Arts, and president of the Colorado Mountain Plein Air Festival.


I paint the land, the sea and the people on it.

In my land and seascape paintings I try to capture the essence of the place. Most are painted plein air in oil. Sometimes I will make minor touch ups in the studio or create a larger version, but for the most part I’ve discovered the plein air paintings are best left alone. They have a vitality that is very  easy to kill with even the fewest of  brushstrokes.

I just love trekking around the mountains or the seashore with my Labrador Retrievers (who protect my back while I am concentrating), painting scenes that catch my eye. When the weather is the worst is when the painting is the best, making for lots of drama. Call it “Extreme Painting” if you will.

My genre paintings of farmers’ markets, auctions, and other Americana are influenced by the Ashcan School but with the exception that I like to paint people when they are happy and enjoying themselves or tending to the business at hand. Farmers are often my subject as well as the middle class on vacation.

Many of my genre paintings are started in plein air but finished in the studio using sketches and photographs. I never work from just one photo or sketch because no one photo captures the complete scene. Instead I compose to recreate the mood and high energy of the event.


• Chaffee County Council on the Arts. First prize in painting for the year 2000

• American Institute of Graphic Artists 1972. Graphic Design

• New York Art Directors Club 1974. Graphic Design

• New York Advertising Club’s Andy Awards. Two in 1974 for Graphic Design

• Direct Mail Association Award 1972 for Graphic Design (US News & World Report promotion)

• Printing Industries Award 1975 for Graphic Design

• Retail Jewelers Association Award 1972 Best Exhibit Award

• American Pet Association. Best Exhibit Awards 1973 and 1974

• Vermont Advertising Club’s Pegasus Awards 1986,1987 & 1989. Graphic Design

• Gold Hills Gallery Juried Show, Madrid,NM 1994. Second Prize in Plein Air Painting Competition



• Chaffee County Council on the Arts Figure Drawing Show 2006
• Pueblo Bank & Trust’s Annual Juried Christmas Show 1999 & 2000

• Chaffee County Council on the Arts Annual Open Awards Show. Years 1999 through 2008

• Art of the Rockies Association’s Annual Open Awards Show. Years 1999 through 2008

• Estes Design International 225 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501 1996-1998

• American Institute of Graphic Artists 1972

• New York Art Directors Club 1974


• Gruen Watch Corporation, 47th St., New York, NY

• YKK?USA Corporation, Macon Georgia and Lynhurst, NJ

• A&P Corporation, New Jersey Headquarters

• Leisurecraft Industries, Garden City, NY

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