* 9 February 1886 in Erkner near Berlin; † 28 September 1973 in Hamburg
Ivo Hauptmann spent more than half of his life in Hamburg, where he became one of the city's most important painters. From 1928 to 1933 he was a member and from 1932 chairman of the Hamburg Secession.
He expressed his desire to become a painter at an early age. His father, Gerhart Hauptmann, who later won the Nobel Prize for Literature, set up his first studio in 1900. Between 1903 and 1909 Hauptmann studied in Paris, in Berlin as a pupil of Lovis Corinth and at the Weimar Art Academy. In Paris he became friends with Paul Signac, who introduced him to the Pointillist, Neo-Impressionist style of painting. In the following ten years Hauptmann is regarded as the leading representative of Pointillism in Germany.
In 1914 he became a co-founder of the Free Secession in Berlin. During the 1920s Hauptmann's art combined stylistic elements of Neo-Impressionism and Expressionism. From this he developed his own style: a finely differentiated, strongly coloured painting with framing, clear contours. In 1933 the Hamburg Secession dissolved itself so as not to follow the National Socialists' call to expel its Jewish members. When the Hamburg Secession was constituted a second time in 1945, Hauptmann became its chairman. After the founding of the Free Academy of the Arts Hamburg, in which he is actively involved in 1950, he holds the office of vice-president from 1955 to 1965. During the same period Hauptmann taught at the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts, of which he became honorary president in 1965. From the mid-1950s onwards, numerous German museums organised retrospectives of his works. Paintings by the painter can be found in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Kunsthalle Hamburg, the Schleswig-Holstein State Museums Schloss Gottorf, the Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg and in private collections, among others.