02 September 1912; Rod, Sibiu, Romania
1999; Bucharest, Romania
Vasile Dobrian was a Romanian artist and writer. Co-founder of the groups "Grupul Grafic" and "MCMXLII", he gained reputation as one of the country's first and most important 20th century engravers. Known for his connections with the Romanian avant-garde, he was also a poet, although his volumes of poetry have not gathered critical acclaim. After his early works from the 1930s often used social themes, sometimes using influences from movements such as constructivism or cubism, he moved on towards a gradually refined "lyrical hard-edged" style with vaguely figurative allusions, the geometric constructions often using the alphabet as a starting point.