Juozas Pautienius

(1900 - 1978)


Juozas Pautienius was born in 1900 in Šiaudadūšiai village, Suvalkija. In 1925 he graduated from Kaunas School of Art, attended A. Varnas painting studio. For a certain period of time he did not paint; he worked as a teacher in a gymnasium, collected folk art, studied languages. After the second wave of the Bolshevik occupation he left for Germany, later on - the United States. In 1952 he organized exhibition of his works; he was one of the first, who took his exhibitions around America. In 1956 he organized a group exhibition of not only his own works, but also Kazimieras Žoromskis, Adomas Galdikas, Vytautas K. Jonynas. Together with other of artists he established M. K. Čiurlionis Gallery in Youth Home in Chicago, where for many years he participated in group exhibitions. He has painted over 700 paintings.


Juozas Pautienius dedicated several years for study of colour combinations, as well as chemical and aesthetic advantages of paint. Instead of brush, he selected in those days unusual instruments - knives and paddles. They helped him to receive unusual textures - this has led to a specific style of the artist. His paintings of Lithuanian images have tension and translucency of palette.