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Helmut Bernhardt
 the artist and his work

The two major threads running through Helmut Bernhardt's life have been his love of art and his love of Central and South America and these two threads come together,reinforce one another and blossom in his paintings.

At the tender age of 17 he began his studies (Painting and Graphics) in Wiesbaden under Vincent Weber quickly attaining the appellation of "Star-Student". Vincent Weber, by the way,in his turn studied under, among others, such luminaries as Kadinsky, Klee and Meyer.

The influence of these great artists, Bernhardt's passionate interest in Latin American countries and their cultures together with his unbridled curiosity and courage to experiment unite to give his paintings a vitality and vibrance that are unique.


His love affair with Latin America began when at the age of 21 he set off for Peru, there to live and paint for three years.After Peru followed Bolivia, Columbia, Venezuela and finally Mexico which became his abode for over 30 years.



There is an almost other wordly allure to the pre Spanish cultures that reach out to us via the ceramics, sculptures and textiles that have survived the ravages of time. In some cases the gulf seperating us from these cultures exceeds three thousand years.

The wish to interpret and present in a modern abstract idiom the ethos of those far distant times has been and indeed still is an overriding obsession with Bernhardt.



Although it is no doubt true of all art that pictures of the "art object" (painting ,sculpture or whatever) cannot do justice to the creation, I think that this is particularly true of Bernhardt's work.

I have seen his paintings and can truly say that the vibrancy, the life of these paintings can only be truly experienced by a "one on one meeting", so I encourage you during your holiday in the Rhine Valley to take the time to visit the artist and feast your eyes on his work.




Helmut Bernhardt lives in Lorch.

The address is:

Helmut Bernhardt
Wisperstraße 24,
65391 Lorch.

Appointments for an Atelier visit can be made
per Telephone : 0049 6726 839625.

Mr. Bernhardt is fluent in English, Spanish and German so there should be no communication problems.





For those of you who can read Spanish and might find it interesting I have included a short review of Helmut Bernhardt and his work by the renowned art-critic Dr. Andrea Preusch-Glebocki.


Acerca de Helmut Bernhardt

El rumbo que ha ido tomado la vida de Helmut Bernhardt se ha distinguido siempre por su pintura y por su amor a los países centro y sudamericanos.

Pareciera que vive para la pintura, o más bien: ¡la pintura vive en él! Con apenas 17 años de edad inicia la carrera de pintura y arte gráfico en la Werkkunstschule Wiesbaden, cuyo director era en ese tiempo Vincent Weber, en su época alumno de la Bauhaus. Con él estudia pintura, alcanzando en 1960 el grado de Meisterschüler (grado de maestría artística otorgado por el profesor). Vincent Weber -quien de 1920 a 1923 fue a su vez alumno de Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Adolf Meyer y Oscar Schlemmer en la Staatliche Bauhaus de Weimar- determina la concepción artística, así como el estilo pictórico del joven Bernhardt.

Éste además advierte en sí mismo una implacable curiosidad y un apasionado interés por los países latinoamericanos y sus culturas. A los 21 años Bernhardt parte hacia el Perú, sin saber aún que ahí pintará y residirá durante los próximos tres años. Viajará a Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela y finalmente encontrará en México su patria adoptiva, en la que vivirá por más de 30 años. Es la fascinación por lo desconocido lo que lo motiva, lo originario aquello que lo embelesa.

El arcaico lenguaje formal de las culturas prehispánicas, tal como puede redescubrirse en cerámicas, esculturas, construcciones y textiles, lo cautiva. En el proceso creativo, es esto lo que incita sus trabajos abstractos, siendo frecuentemente trasladado de manera incluso lúdica, para de un momento a otro someterlo a una construcción imaginaria.

La pintura de Helmut Bernhardt es la traslación de un lenguaje visual prístino, de lo originario, mediante los recursos que ofrece la pintura, el color, la línea como elemento designador de la forma, la realización de collages y de grabados –en madera, lienzo o papel.

Dr. Andrea Preusche-Glebocki




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