* 28 December 1934 in Dresden
German painter, draughtsman and graphic artist
Dieter Goltzsche is one of the major contemporary German graphic artists. Irrespective of artistic mainstreams in East and West, he creates an œuvre that is distinguished by independence and originality. His artistic attitude is marked by experiment as well as by the lasting continuity of his life’s work.
From 1952 to 1957, Goltzsche studies at the Dresden college of fine arts under Hans Theo Richter and Max Schwimmer, whose master student he becomes in 1958 at the German Academy of Arts in Berlin. From 1959 on, Goltzsche lives in Berlin, working freelance. At the outset of his artistic career, his preferred medium is the drawing in ink, chalk, and graphite. In the decades that follow, watercolour, tempera, and pastel offer new expressive potentialities to him. His close relations to literature are reflected in a large number of literature-related drawings and graphics, a part of which he published in more than 60 illustrated books.
At the Art Academy in Berlin-Weißensee, Goltzsche is a lecturer from 1960 on, teaching painting and graphics; from 1992 to 2000, he holds a professorship here. In 1990, the painter is appointed a member of the Academy of Arts. He maintains friendships with other artists, i.a. with Wolfgang Leber, Klaus Roenspieß and Harald Metzkes. Goltzsche’s creative work is honoured with the Käthe-Kollwitz Award of the GDR’s Academy of Arts (1978), the Hannah-Höch Award of the City of Berlin (1998), and the Hans-Theo-Richter Award of the Saxon Academy of Arts (2010). Since the 1960s, the artist has numerous solo exhibitions, and participates in exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Works by him are shown in a great number of museums and collections, as well as privately owned.