A life dedicated to art

Eva Wolf-Schliesser, 2012.
Photo: M. Wolf.

Art and family form the pillars of Eva Wolf-Schliesser’s life. She was born in 1934 in a farmhouse in the Hallertau region in Lower Bavaria, amidst a landscape of hops. Influenced by these natural surroundings from an early age, they are later to inform her work as an artist.

In Heidelberg she studied art education, mathematics and philosophy for her teaching post at the Pedagogical College, and art history at the University of Heidelberg (1972-75). She is simultaneously the mother of four children, an art teacher and an artist and lives and works in Mannheim.

In the mid-1980s, her most intensive work period begins in her studio. In her works she tries out a wide range of techniques and handles a variety of subjects from all aspects of life. Handling these subjects gives rise to various series of paintings.

Time and again she finds herself on art tours – not least her journeys take her back to the Hallertau, where the hop landscapes are to become the most important motif of her oeuvre.

Hopfenlandschaft, ca. 1989. Aquarell on paper, 30 x 40 cm. Photo: M. Wolf.

In the nineteen-nineties, her artistic success is reflected in exhibitions and works of art in public spaces in Vienna, St. Moritz, Frankfurt, Berlin, Baden-Baden, Dortmund, Bremen, Mainburg and Mannheim, among others.

Musikzyklus II, 2013 – 2015. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. Photo: M. Wolf.

Her theoretical and practical involvement in painting are to remain her central purpose for the rest of her life. Towards the end of her life she actively takes up classical music, gaining new inspiration as a double bass player, which gave rise to her series of musician paintings.