* 18 April 1910 in Bochum-Langendreer; † 28 July 1977 in Berlin
As a student of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, Hans Thiemann works with the basic elements of abstract painting (dot, line, surface), with which he creates a wealth of metaphors. In his works, he aims at a reality behind the visible things. Characteristic of his pictorial world are often stage-like squares, the alienated reproduction of light and shadow, the use of several vanishing points as well as altered proportions.
Thiemann studied with Klee and Kandinsky at the Bauhaus in Dessau from 1929 to 1933. After successfully completing his training, he moved to Berlin. As his art was defamed as "degenerate" during National Socialism, he was not given the opportunity to exhibit his works. During the Second World War, many of the artist's works were destroyed and some have since been considered lost. From 1945 onwards, Thiemann participated in the new artistic beginning in post-war Berlin together with his close painter friend Jeanne Mammen and others. He published drawings as a freelancer in art magazines and newspapers and in 1946 took part in the exhibition of the "Group of Fantasists" at the Gerd Rosen Gallery in Berlin, where works by Hannah Höch, Heinz Trökes, Hans Uhlmann, Mac Zimmermann and others could also be seen. The following year, the gallery organises a solo exhibition for him. In 1954 Thiemann was awarded the Berlin Art Prize, and in 1961 the honorary prize of the Villa Massimo in Rome. After a guest lectureship at the Landeskunstschule Hamburg, he was appointed professor at the Hanseatic City's Hochschule für Bildende Künste in 1960. Here, as professor, he led the basic class from 1963 until his retirement in 1976. In 2000, the Berlin Bauhaus Archive honoured the painter on the occasion of his 90th birthday with the exhibition "Art above the Real".