Bernd Schwarzer is one of the most important German artists of the present. He is a thinker, a witness, and a portraitist of great historical changes. He is in a series with artists such as Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, A.R. Penck and Joseph Beuys.

Bernd Schwarzer has been on the topic of Europe, German reunification and human rights for 40 years. It unites the visionary power in the EUROPAWERK.

Bernd Schwarzer shows early the social and political developments, which subsequently resulted in the German and European unification.

Bernd Schwarzer reflects the German history and the German-European presence as well as European ideas and cosmopolitanism. His work is of historical relevance and particular sensuality. The eruptive art with relief-like surfaces, provocative contrasts, the play of light & shadow and a unique luminosity of the colors are the characteristics of his art.

Bernd Schwarzer has been a painter since 1959 and created an enormously versatile work over the decades.


  • He was born in Weimar in 1954 and lived in Düsseldorf since 1959, but his extraordinary talent developed very early. Early pictures at the age of 12 cite impressively Van Gogh’s passionate landscapes and nature portraits.
    1983: Graduation of the study of painting by Gerhard Hoehme and Joseph Beuys, Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
    1984: Graduation in painting at Werner Schriefers, University of applied sciences, Cologne
    1984: Masterclass at Werner Schriefers, University of Applied Arts and Design, Cologne
    1984: started work as a freelance artist in Düsseldorf with more than 80 exhibitions in Europe, USA, Russia and China
    2000: Guest professor at the State Academy of Arts, Minsk, Belarus (master class)
    Since 1984: freelance artist in Düsseldorf, Cologne and Weimar, among others. Lecturer and guest professor at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Department of Art and Design as well as the Academy of Arts of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk (master class)