Schweizer was born in 1925 near Michelstadt, a town in Hessia known
for its picturesque medieval centre and the regional ivory crafts
schools. Having completed school and his apprenticeship as ivory
carver, he was accepted at the crafts school in Offenbach. His first
known sketches and watercolours document his interest in nature
and human anatomy. At the age of eighteen he was drawn by the Wehrmacht
and served in Bohemia, Weimar and occupied Belgium. From 1944 to
1946, he was POW at an US military camp, an experience he recorded
in a series of ink sketches. In the late 1940s, he moved to Düsseldorf
to study at the Academy of Arts and was given his first commissions
for portraits and minor sculptures.
From 1949 until 1952 he studied at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf,
where Joseph Beuys and Günther Grass were among his fellow
students. He also studied at the Kölner Werkschulen. In 1954
he travelled to Marocco, Spain, Belgium and France.
completed his studies, he won various prices for his public sculptures,
and got numerous commissions for decorative art at public venues
and churches, including the cathedral in Bonn and at the prestigious
Königsallee in Düsseldorf. Many of his religious and ethnic
works of art date from this period. In the following years he moved
towards more abstract forms, but he also continued to use anthropomorphic
and stylised elements of nature.
the 1960s and 19970s, he experimented with concave and convex forms
in relief paintings and sculptures, developing a powerful abstract
erotic visual language. He presented his works in many exhibitions.
Under the influence of the growing dangers of a nuclear confrontation
during the Cold War, he became increasingly interested in nature
as a theme .
During the 1980s, Hans Schweizer worked with different materials,
including wood, acryl, bronze, and mosaique. Public commissions
and exhibitions make his work known to the wider public. He is commissioned
to create a memorial sculpture for the victims of the holocaust
during the Third Reich, entitled ‘DO NOT FORGET’.
the last decade of his work, Hans Schweizer turned to more abstract
forms while he continued his watercolour paintings of the environment
surrounding his home near the river Rhine. In 2002, Hans Schweizer
dedicated a series of religious wood engravings to the memory of
his wife Renate. This work was exhibited at his last studio exhibition.
In 2004 and 2005, he enters the last phase of his artistic production,
in which he used bright colours on large canvasses. He continued
his ‘2005 series’ until his death in August 2005.
1954 until 2005, Hans Schweizer lived near Düsseldorf. He was
a member of the Kunstverein Malkasten and the Bergischer Künstlerbund.
bad könig, kurzentrum
düsseldorf, atelier galerie
bonn, gallerie ossenpohl
münster, galerie glasing
münsterland-ost, kunst an der autobahn
michelstadt, historisches rathaus
düsseldorf, kunstverein malkasten
mannheim, forum 77
mainz, galerie dornhöfer
hagen, galerie nova
düsseldorf, galerie wältermann
meerbusch, galerie martin-myren
langenfeld, galerie köhler
wuppertal, galerie ostermann
köln, galerie an gross st. martin
remscheid, galerie wicke
warendorf, skulpturengalerie budde
hilden, galerie 51
reutlingen, galerie am ledergraben
düsseldorf, schloss garath
with other artists
lembeck, olsztyn/polen, darmstadt, bad honnef, wülfrath, berlin,
mettman, duisburg, offenbach, münster, langenfeld, esses, frankfurt,
reutlingen, schwetzingen, köln, mayen, wiesbaden, göttingen,
lübeck, bonn, hagen, paris, bocholt, hilden, warendorf, monheim
art in public venues
düsseldorf, münster, erbach, monheim