Bernd Schwarzer was born on 24 July 1954 in Weimar and has been living in Düsseldorf since 1978. He is one of the most important contemporary artists. Already at the age of 12 he produced his first pictures, which impressively quote nature portraits and landscape paintings by famous artists such as Van Gogh. Since his childhood, the artist has been preoccupied with political and social themes. As a mastermind, portraitist, and contemporary witness, the artist records historical changes and thus ranks himself among famous artists such as Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, A. R. Penck, and Joseph Beuys.
In 1978 Bernd Schwarzer studied painting with Gerhard Hoehme and Joseph Beuys at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and completed his painting studies with Werner Schriefers at the Fachhochschule für Kunst und Design in Cologne. This was followed by his work as a master student with Werner Schriefers at the same university and the beginning of his work as a freelance artist in Düsseldorf. His existence as an artist began with 80 exhibitions throughout Europe, the USA, China and Russia. Since 2000 Bernd Schwarzer has been guest professor at the State Academy of the Arts in Minsk (Belarus) and since 1984 guest lecturer and lecturer at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences in the field of art and design.
For more than 40 years Bernd Schwarzer has been dealing with the topics of Europe, German reunification and human rights. Current and important social issues that affect everyone. Thus the artist unites the visionary power in Europawerk. Even in his early creative phase, he pointed to social and political developments that consequently led to European and German unification. The reunification of East and West is very often reflected in his works.
His art thus reflects not only German history or the German-European present, but primarily European thought and cosmopolitanism. His works are historically relevant and very sensual in their own way. In particular, facets of eruptive art with their relief-like surfaces, the play of light and shadow, the relief-like surfaces and the unique luminosity of colors play an important role in his works. For decades, he produced very versatile works that addressed socially relevant themes. Political aspects in particular seem to have great significance for the artist’s works. Numerous exhibitions all over the world confirm that Europe and human rights are among the most topical themes as never before. In this way, people all over the world are to be informed about important topics and made to reflect.