* 22 January 1931 in Dortmund; † 14 August 2006 in Berlin
German painter and graphic artist
Rolf Curt’s extensive œuvre covers the range from printed graphics to large-format oil paintings, from figurative works via fantastic-surreal to abstract ones, from interior decorating to art events.
Curt spends his childhood in Senzig near Königs Wusterhausen. At the age of 18 already, he has his first exhibition – 28 war paintings - in Königs Wusterhausen. In order to become a painter, he attends at first the preparatory class of the arts- and-crafts master school, and he studies afterwards from 1951 to 1956 at the Berlin College of Fine Arts. Here, in 1956, he becomes a master student under Max Kaus, who, just as the college’s headmaster Karl Hofer and the professors Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, was one of those artists who were ostracised during National Socialism. After his studies, Curt works as a freelance painter and makes a name for himself, mainly with etchings of Berlin motifs. In 1959 he is awarded the Ernst-Reuter prize for graphic arts. In order to secure a regular income for his family, Curt from 1960 to 2005 works as graphic artist, model constructor and architectural draughtsman for the office of the renowned architect Fritz Bornemann. Scarce spare time notwithstanding, he attaches great importance to his own artistic work. So, etchings, lithographs, silk-screen prints and oil paintings are created mainly in the hours of the nights. The painter uses holiday trips to Fehmarn and Bornholm, to the Allgäu or the Lago Maggiore for intense artistic work. From 1958 on, Curt’s paintings are to be found in a large number of solo and group exhibitions in Germany, France, and Austria. Together with other artists he founds the “Gruppe 70”, which from 1978 to 1984 runs a gallery of their own in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Works by the artist are to be found i.a. at the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and the foundation Stadtmuseum Berlin.