Josef Staub


Josef Staub’s early artistic endeavors were in painting. His informal oil paintings using palette knife technique date back to the early 1950s. By the mid-1950s, he turned to geometric-abstract compositions. Staub’s 1960s paintings were again heavily influenced by informal art, featuring paintings with strong color reliefs in monochrome scales.

From the relief aspect of painting, Staub transitioned to sculpture. In 1963, he worked on reliefs, mosaics, and abstracted figures composed of iron waste set in cement. By 1965, he created his first full sculptures from geometric shapes in bronze and cast aluminum, whose aesthetics did not satisfy him. Influenced by Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, and Max Bill, Staub discovered stainless steel as a new material. In the 1970s, he began constructing his characteristic geometric-abstract figures from ground and polished steel sheets. He developed forms from lines and surfaces into knotted bands and endless loops, as well as incised squares and triangles with twisted edges and divergent corners. While the forms changed little into the 1990s, the sculptures, especially for outdoor exhibitions and public art projects, became increasingly daring in size during the 1980s. The figures, often resting on small ground surfaces, soared four to five meters high. Staub achieved



Born 1931 in Zug, Switzerland
Died 2006 in Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Solo Exhibition

"Eterna", galerie lange + pult, Zurich, Switzerland
“Hommage“, Z-Galerie, Baar, Zug, Switzerland
“Josef Staub: Räume Themen Werke", Kanzlei Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zürich, Switzerland
“Josef Staub“, Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland
“Josef Staub 80 Jahre“, Stadthaus Dietikon, Dietikon, Zürich, Switzerland
“Josef Staub Werkschau“, Altstadthalle mit Z-Galerie, Baar, Zug, Switzerland