Elvira Bach was born in 1951 in Neuenhain, Germany. From
1967 to 1970, she attended the Hadamar School of Glass Art; afterward,
she moved to Berlin to study painting at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts*. During her studies, she worked at the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer Theater.
In 1981, she spent some months in Santo Domingo, thanks to a grant; this stay has profoundly influenced her future work. At barely 29 years of age, Elvira Bach was invited to participate in Documenta VII* in Kassel.
the idea of conceptual*, analytical and rational art being dominant at
that time in the artistic world, she continued to paint in an energetic
and sensual way, using an expressive* language and gaudy colors. The central theme of her artistic journey has been women and femininity.
the faces she portrays have the same physiognomy because they are in
reality self-portraits of the artist. Bach always depicts herself
adorned with accessories that accentuate her femininity and become
symbols of a universal woman.
At the beginning of the 1980s,
the artist began to include the image of a serpent - a clearly erotic
symbol - in her works. It was the beginning of a new artistic period
marked by the explicit use of numerous erotic elements.
Between 1986 and 1992, she spent some time in Senegal where her work found new inspiration.
Bach, however, is not just a painter but also a talented sculptor who
is especially fascinated by the possibilities of glass. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
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