b.1948 in Gruenstadt- d.1991 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
theatrum mundi in loving memory of someone
who went long before his time
Der Seiltaenzer 1990
Der Seiltaenzer, Venedig 1990
Der Glueckssucher, 1990
Seeker of Happiness
Der venezianische Traumvogel, 1990
The Venetian Bird of Dreams
Traumbild des Wassermann 1090/ 91
Dream image of Aquarius
Das Narrenschiff 1986
Ship of Fools
oil on panel
Insel der Illusionen 1986
Island of Illusions
oil on panel
Selbstbildnis Prometheus 1987/88
Self Portrait Prometheus
Theatrum Mundi 1986
Aufzug des Bacchus/ Zyklus zur Carmina Burana 1985
Act of Bacchus/ Sequence of Carmina Burana
sanguine on paper
Die Raetsel der Fastnacht 1984
Conundrums of Carnival
Ausblick im Winter 1983
Hommage an die Pfalz, Weinfaun 1983
Faun of wine
Architekt der vier Elemente 1982
Architect of the Four Elements
Die Auferstehung 1981
Venezianische Melancholie, 1980
Venizianische Visionen 1979
Visions of Venice
Der venezianische Reiter 1979
The Venetian Horseman
Die Hoffnung 1979
Die venezianische Komoedie 1979/80
Die Speyerer Fastnacht 1978/79
Carneval of Speyer
Die vier Jahreszeiten 1978/79
Triumph des venezianischen Einhorns 1979
Triumph of the Venetian Unicorn
Eyn narr 1978
Schiff des Lebens 1977/78
Vessel of Life
Detail aus "Der Triumpf der Narren"
Detail of Jesters' Triumph
Die verwandelte Goettin 1977
Seltsame Krabbe 1977
Die Verheissung des Propheten Jonas 1976
The Promise of Prophet Jonas
Homage a Baudelaire 1976
Prophet der Roten Pferde 1976
Prophet of the Red Horses
Ohne Titel 1974
Triumph des Mammon 1975
Triumph of the Mammon
Das Weltenbuch 1974
Book of the Worlds
Der Weltenherrscher 1973
Ruler of the Worlds
Die Toechter des Loth 1973
Werner Holz grew up in Hettenleidelheim, in the Pfalz region of Germany.
After his apprenticeship as a typographer, he studied graphic design in Mainz, Munich and Mannheim, Germany. He worked as a freelance fine artist in Frankenthal and Herxheim am Berg, Germany.
Important study trips took him to Bruegge, Gent, Belgium and Venice, Italy.
His very detailed old master technique was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breugel, the Elder.
Neomanneristic fantasies and visionary realms, painted sometimes with a single hair marten brush distinguish the style of Werner Holz.
He falls into the category of Fantastic and Magic Realism.
But he saw himself part of a broader movement- Der Malerei des Phantastischen.
The Fine Art of the Imaginary has been present through all centuries.
His work is shown in many national and international galleries and is part of private and public collections.
The conservative humanist and moralist Werner Holz was genuinely fascinated by foolishness as a counterpoint to ratio and insight.
The jester, depicted with or without cap and bell, is the main figure in his paintings and drawings.
As a narcissistic being, who walks carelessly next to the abyss, he turns into a self destructive device. Very often the jester symbolizes animalistic lust that leads to mental and spiritual decline.
Sometimes he is painted as a wise man who realizes and accepts his destiny and strives for redemption.
Werner Holz once wrote:
"Maybe one can understand my paintings as "peep holes" into a world of the unspeakable, into a world, where the lightness of thought take visual form, without the limitation of the ordinary."
"Those, who want to perceive and understand my paintings, need to leave their every day routine behind and try to approach my work of symbols, figures and dreams with utmost care and patience."
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