Mgr. art. Pavol DUBINA, a sculptor of the young generation, Pali Dub
Pavol Dubina (PALI DUB), now a well-established sculptor of the young generation, was born in Bratislava in 1975. After graduating from the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava in the field of monumental mason (1990-1994) he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (19942000).
Here he attended the sculpture studio of prof. Juraj Bartusz and then of prof. Juraj Meliš. Before his successful completion of the high school studies he also attended twosemester study stay at Kunst Fachhochschule in Kiel, Germany, in the studio of prof. Kerstin Abraham.
In his own free statue he prefers metal especially welded iron in an intimate format. The preference of substance over form explains Dubina's little suggestibility by visuals of any of the current or past artistic movements, and vice versa his dominant drawing of inspiration from literary and musical resources.
Since 2004, playing with completely different emotions represents his gradually enlarging series of animal sculptures in both intimate and monumental scales, unprecedented at today's Slovakian sculptural scene. Breakthrough years of Dubina's carrier were 2006-2007, when significant monumental outdoor realizations were created.
First, there was Memorial to victims of extremism (Bratislava 2006) created in connection with the tragic death of Daniel Tupý. One year later – Grey Bear was created for the golf club of the same name (Tále 2007). In this regard, it should be noticed that Dubina started his cooperation at more than seven meter high statue of Milan Rastislav Štefánik now installed on the square in front of the new building of the National Theatre in Bratislava (2004-2009).
He deals with sculpted fountains since 2004, e.g. the fountain Destiny for Veľký Krtíš. Architectural sculpture has two positions in his work. On the one hand, he demonstrates both his mastery of the required technology and rare empathy in the work of the old masters evidenced by his execution of stucco decorations for representative premises of the reconstructed Bratislava Castle (20102011). On the other hand, he offers sculptural solutions of various facilities including imitations of rock walls, caves, etc., in accordance with customer requirements.
The sculptor Pavol Dubina has already undergone a few authors and several collective exhibitions, thanks to which art lovers could see his work not only in Slovakia but also in, for example, Austria (Kitsee 1996), Germany (Lűbeck 1999) or Italy (Roma, Umbertide 2006).
Currently he lives and works alternately in Bratislava and Revištské Podzámčie.