Lambert Maria Wintersberger
"I can only rely on my own means, trust that my colors create something that - first - surprises me and - second - is still true and then, stands against everything else." - Lambert Maria Wintersberger
This quotation by iconoclast German neo-expressionist Lambert Maria Wintersberger accurately describes the essential character of an oeuvre which has committed itself to uncompromising authenticity and originality. In his often mystic-narrative paintings Wintersberger concentrates on the depiction of aspects most impressive to him, thereby constructing timeless settings of elements taken from different cultures and ages emanating from his “fury of association” as he once put it.
Born 1941 in Munich, Germany, Wintersberger studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy from 1961 to 1964. Beginning in the early 1960’s, he worked as an independent artist and was associated with Germany’s “Neue Wilde” painters, which included such artists as Baselitz, Penck, and Hödicke. From 1974 to 1979, he taught at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf. He exhibited extensively throughout his native Germany and Europe, including the Ulmer Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and the Leoppold-Hoesch-Museum in Düren. In 1987 he spent a year living and working at an artist’s colony in Omaha, Nebraska. Wintersberger and his wife Dolores lived in Alsace, France for many years. The artist died in 2013.