Born in Vienna, Austria in 1892, itinerant artist Leon Dolice spent his late teens and early twenties traveling through the capital cities of Europe studying the works of the Masters. Dolice immigrated to America in 1920, where he befriended artists George Luks and Herb Roth. With their encouragement, Dolice devoted his time chronicling New York City’s architecture, back streets and dock scenes. He traveled and worked in Washington DC, Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia, but settled back in New York’s bohemian Greenwich Village, where he felt most at home.
Dolice exhibited at the Hofstra Museum, Montauk Artists Association and Tribeca Gallery. An exhibition of his works on paper was held in 2003 at the Hotel Belleclaire. Featuring historic street and landmark scenes of New York created from 1920 through 1952, it was held as a tribute to the city. Dolice’s works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of the City, New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, Georgetown University, Print Club of Philadelphia and in the Wellesley Collection in Massachusetts.