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 Elvira Bach  (1951 - )

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Lived/Active: Germany/Dominican Republic      Known for: expressive female figure painting, glass sculpture

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BIOGRAPHY for Elvira Bach
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1951 (Neuehnain, Germany)
 
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Germany/Dominican Republic


Self portrait - Self portrait with blue dress


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expressive female figure painting, glass sculpture

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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.

Despite 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. 

All 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. 

Elvira 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.

Source:
Berengo Fine Arts, www.berengo.com

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Biography from Auctionata:
Elvira Bach (born 1951)

She was born in 1951 in Neuenhain.  She is a German postmodern painter and well known for her colorful depictions of women.  Bach studied at the State Glass School Hadamar and at the Berlin University of the Arts.  She undertook study trips to the Dominican Republic, Senegal, Saint Lucia, and Italy.  She took part at documenta 7 in 1982.  Together with painters like Bernd Koberling, Luciano Castelli, Rainer Fetting, Helmut Middendorf, Salomé and Bernd Zimmer, Bach is a member of the Junge Wilde group.  This cheerful and positive style was meant to break with the previous cerebral artistic trends.

Today, Bach lives and works in Berlin.

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