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Volker Stelzmann (born Dresden 5 November 1940) is a German Painter and Graphic artist.

By Balthazar Malevolent

Volker Stelzmann was born as the third child of the Reichsbahn civil servant Kurt Stelzmann and his wife Charlotte Ruth, née Lambrecht. His father was killed in the war in 1944. From 1948 onwards, Stelzmann grew up in Leipzig, where, after completing his secondary education, he did an apprenticeship as a precision mechanic from 1957 to 1960 and worked in this profession until 1963. At the same time, he attended an evening painting school at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts with Walter Münze. From 1963, Volker studied at the HGB in Gerhard Kurt Müller's specialist class and graduated in 1968. He completed his basic studies with Fritz Fröhlich, Hans Mayer-Foreyt and Harry Blume. During his studies, Stelzmann researched essays by Michel de Montaigne. In 1966, together with Ulrich Hachulla, he had his first personal exhibition in Ahrenshoop and has since been involved in important exhibitions in the GDR and abroad.

From 1968 to 1973, Stelzmann worked as a freelance artist and sought to engage with works by Pontormo, Rosso Fiorentino, Otto Dix and the New Objectivity. After several study trips to the Soviet Union in 1966, he also visited Bulgaria, Cuba and India during this period. From 1970 to 1986 he was a member of the Association of Visual Artists of the GDR, and from 1978 to 1986 he was chairman of its central section. From 1973 to 1974, the artist did a traineeship at the HGB and in 1979 was appointed lecturer and head of the department of basic studies. In 1982. Stelzmann was appointed professor at the HGB. He continued to teach until 1986.

In that year he did not return to the GDR from a trip on the occasion of his exhibitions in Oberhausen and West Berlin. From 1987 to 1988, he was a visiting professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and in 1988 he was appointed professor of painting at the Hochschule (later Universität) der Künste Berlin. In protest against this, the painter Georg Baselitz resigned from his teaching position at the Hochschule for a longer period of time, as he regarded Stelzmann as a state artist loyal to the ruling line. Stelzmann's teaching activities ended in 2006.

Volker Stelzmann lives and works in Berlin-Charlottenburg. He has been married to Henriette Stelzmann, née Arndt, since 1988. The artist is represented by Die Galerie in Frankfurt am Main and Galerie Poll in Berlin.

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