Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, Arbit Blatas was a precocious talent who began exhibiting in his native country at the age of 15. He left for Paris and, at the age of 21, became the youngest member of the School of Paris. When Blatas was 24, the Jeu de Paume in Paris first acquired some of his paintings; he had already become a colleague and friend of many of the great figures of the Paris art world, such as Vlaminck, Soutine, Picasso, Utrillo, Braque, Zadkine, Léger and Dérain.
His art – in painting, sculpture and lithography – remained true to his completely individual Expressionist style throughout his entire career, countless examples of which are found in the world's most prestigious museums, private art collections and public places. Among his most important works are the the Holocaust Monuments in Venice, Paris and New York and the unique collection of forty-nine portraits and bronzes of his School of Paris colleagues is now permanently installed in the Museum of the Thirties in Paris.