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Lived/Active: Germany      Known for: whimsical, surreal paintings including animals, illustration

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Michael Sowa (1945-)

A painter and illustrator, he creates whimsical, surreal works, often featuring animals such as sheep, pigs, rabbits, and others in unexpected surroundings, thus creating stunning effects.

Born in Berlin in 1945, Sowa studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, received a teaching degree in art in 1975 and after a brief time as an art teacher, has been working as a painter and illustrator ever since.  His works are titled in English and in German. 

In 1996, a book of 50 of his paintings titled Sowa's Ark: An Enchanted Bestiary was published and reprinted in 2006 by Image Connection, PA, USA.  His best known book is Esterhazy, The Rabbit Prince also published by Image Connection.  He is the illustrator of The Little King December, published in 1992 and A Bear Called Sunday both written by Axel Hacke.

Sowa's illustrations appear in the satirical magazine Titanic, and he has done cover images for several well known magazines, including the November 2002 issue of The New Yorker.  He designed album covers, including two covers for The Beautiful South's Miaow (album) and for their single "Everybody's Talking".  He contributed to the 2001 film Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain where the art on the walls comes to life.  His art is shown on note cards, calendars and is available in poster format.

Michael Sowa lives and works in Berlin.

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