Born in Niederlausitz, Germany on July 27, 1899. Drewes was a pupil of Klee and Kandinsky. He arrived in San Francisco in 1926 and spent one year. While there, he created about 23-29 etchings, drypoints, and aquatints of landscapes, cityscapes, nudes, and portraits (one of Albert Bender). In 1927 he left for Japan and Korea and returned to NYC in 1930. During the 1950s he taught at Washington University in St Louis. Drewes died in Reston, VA in 1985. Exh: NMAA, 1969, 1984 (solos). In: SFMA; MM; Seattle Museum; Orange Co. (CA) Museum; many others.
Source: Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940” Werner Drewes: A Catalog RaisonnÈ by Ingrid Rose; Who’s Who in American Art 1936-70; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).