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Lived/Active: United States/Germany      Known for: abstract figure-imagery

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BIOGRAPHY for Walter Dahn
1954 (St.Tönis/Krefeld, Germany)
United States/Germany

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Walter Dahn (b.1954)

Walter Dahn was born in St. Tönis/Krefeld, Germany on October 8, 1954.

From age 1971 to 1977 Dahn studied in Düsseldorf with Joseph Beuys and then at Meisterschüler of Joseph Beuys.  Dahn was one of the main figures of "Die Jungen Wilden" movement in the eighties.

His photographs with disparate motifs and occasionally fuzzy focus have a snapshot feel. Friends, animals, objects and landscapes appear in these images as if by chance.  Printing his photographs with an ink-jet printer on handmade paper lends them a water color feel.

Since 1995 he has been Professor for Painting, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig.

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Walter Dahn (b. 1954)

He is regarded one of the most important representative of the Junge Wilde artists of the eighties.  He studied from 1971 until 1979 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf as a master pupil of Joseph Beuys.  The first works that he created were drawings and installations.  In addition, he makes use of the media photography and video.

He was a member of the artist association Mühlheimer Freiheit for three years, together with Hans Peter Adamski, Peter Bömmels and Gerhard Nachberger.  In 1982, he was represented at the documenta XII in Kassel.  In 1983 and 1984, Dahn received a professorship at the Academy in Düsseldorf.  In 1984, the artist took part in the exhibition ‘Von hier aus – Zwei Monate neue deutsche Kunst‘ in Düsseldorf.

Walter Dahn is a professor for painting at the Braunschweig University of the Arts.  In 2003/2004, he was part of the exhibition ‘Obsessive Malerei – Ein Rückblick auf die Neuen Wilden‘ in Karlsruhe.

Works of his are held in the collections of the Groninger Museum (Netherlands), the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen and the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg

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