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Heinz Sterzenbach
Background
C urriculum Vitae of the artist
1941 Heinz Sterzenbach born in
Marialinden in Rheinisch-
Bergischer Kreis. Influenced by
his parents (mother: musician,
father: painter, teacher) 1958 -
1961 Apprenticeship as an
electrician in a paper factory;
1961 - 1963 Technician
/Electrotechnician ; 1963 - 1966
Engineer-studies in Cologne
with Master`s degree in
engineering, Cologne 1966 -
1969 Working as an electric
engineer in Paris. In free time
painting of landscapes in oil on
canvas and drawings of "Paris
types" 1969 - 1972 Commercial
and Technical manager in
Berlin; 1972 Product manager in
Düsseldorf; 1972 - 1976 Art- and
Pedagogical studies at
Pedagogic High School in Berlin
(PH, now HdK) with second
degree of state; 1976 - 1998
Probationer, Professorship of
French language; 1980 - 1998
Living and working as teacher
(Art and French) on the island
Scharfenberg on Tegel Lake,
Berlin. Various travels to Italy,
France, USA, Ireland, Canariy
Islands, Sinai, Egypt, Greece,
Turkey, Kenia, Sri Lanka,
Russia, Scandinavia Coutries,
Poland, Brasil, Caribian Islands,
etc; 1988 - 1992 Participation at
the Cultural Workshops of the
"Bund Deutscher
Kunsterzieher"(BDK)
("Association of German Art
teachers") in Umbria / Italy Since
1989 Collaboration with the
Circle "Decentral Culture Work"
in Berlin-Reinickendorf Since
1990 Collaboration and 2.
chairman of the group "Berliner
Architekturmaler" ("Berlin
Architectur art Painters") Since
1991 Own Studio in the former
tram depot of Alt-Heiligensee
73-75 Since 1997 Gallery
Sterzenbach Internet
Memberships: 1974 - 1994
Member of the "Neue
Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst"
(NGBK) ("New Society of Art");
Since 1974 Member of the
"Bund Deutscher Kunsterzieher"
(BDK) ("Association of German
Art teachers"); Since 1993
Member of the "Berufsverband
Bildender Künstler(BBK)
("Professional Association of
Artists");

- Marie Bongartz:
Ausstellungskatalog (Exhibition
catalogue) "Heimatmuseum
Reinickendorf", PPP-Verlag
Berlin - New York, 1988, ISBN 3
- 922.878 - 32 - 6, Aufl.: 1000
Expl. - Rainer Werner:
Ausstellungs-Faltblatt (flyer)
"Kommunale Galerie Steglitz"
(commune gallery of
Berlin-Steglitz), Berlin, April
1961, Aufl.: 1000 Expl. - Martin
Schönfeld: "Heinz Sterzenbach -
ein Künstler auf
Entdeckungsreise" (an artist on
discovery) - Prof. Dr. Fedja
Anzelewsky:
Ausstellungskatalog "Galerie
Jacob Kohnert", PPP-Verlag
Berlin - New York, 1994 , ISBN 3
- 922.878 - 63 - 6, Aufl.: 3000
Expl. - Heinz Sterzenbach, "Ein
neuer Katalog mit 200 Berliner
Stadtansichten aus nahezu
allen Bezirken, mit Arbeiten in
Aquarell und aquarellierten
Radierungen" (a new catalog
with 200 Berlin views from
nearly all districts of Berlin, with
works in watercolor and
etchings, coloured with
watercolor), PPP Publ. Comp,
Berlin-London-New York, 1998,
ISBN 3 - 922878 - 95 - 5, Aufl.:
40 Expl. col. (in colour), 50 Expl.
s/w. (black/white). - Heinz
Sterzenbach, "Ein neuer Katalog
mit 300 Berliner Stadtansichten
aus nahezu allen Bezirken, mit
Arbeiten in Aquarell,
aquarellierten Radierungen und
Oel auf Leinwand", PPP Publ.
Comp., Berlin-London-New
York, 2000, ISBN 3 - 922.878 -
96 - 2. Aufl.: 2000 Expl. col.
geplant. 10 Probeexemplare
schon gedruckt. All catalogs and
flyers are only available in the
German language.
Exhibitions
A usstellungen (Auswahl) 1985
Dorschule Heiligensee Kleine
Werkstatt-Galerie, Hermsdorf
1988 Galerie Eylau `5,
Berlin-Kreuzberg
Rathaus-Galerie,
Berlin-Spandau "Unsere Altstadt
heute" (G) Rathaus-Galerie,
Berlin-Reinickendorf "
Gesehen-Empfunden" -
Dalldorfer 88 (G) 1989
Heimatmuseum Reinickendorf
Kunstkeller Kreuzberg
Airport-Galerie Flugafen,
Berlin-Tegel 1990 Galerie am
Havelufer, Berlin-Kladow Galerie
Kusian, Berlin-Reinickendorf (G)
Hermann-Ehlers-Akademie
Berlin Kulturkreis Siemens,
Siemenswerder Senator für
Bau- u. Wohnungswesen (G)
1991 Centre Culturel Francais
de Wedding Kommunale
Galerie Steglitz und
Stadtbücherei Steglitz,
Berlin-Steglitz Galerie "Haus der
Kleinen Künste",
Berlin-Spandau Kongresshalle,
Berlin-Tiergarten (G) 1992
Galerie am Havelufer,
Berlin-Kladow "725 Jahre
Kladow" (G) Airport-Galerie
Flughafen, Berlin-Tegel 1993
Die Pumpe, Berlin-Tiergarten
"Berliner Kneipen, Restaurants
u. Cafés" Allianz-Versicherung
Berlin Galerie Fredericus,
Berlin-Charlottenburg 1994
Humboldt-Bibliothek,
Berlin-Tegel St. Paul-Kirche,
Berlin-Wedding Galerie im
Hinterhof, Berlin-Spandau
Rathaus-Galerie,
Berlin-Reinickendorf "Ein Stück
Rußland in Berlin" (G)
Rathaus-Galerie,
Berlin-Schöneberg
Rathaus-Galerie,
Berlin-Charlottenburg 1995 Ev.
Bildungswerk Berlin - Haus der
Kirche Galerie Kleine
Weltlaterne, Berlin-Wilmersdorf
Bernauer 111 , Berlin-Wedding
Ausstellungszentrum am
Fernsehturm (G) "Berlin-Mitte"
Galerie Jacob Kohnert,
Berlin-Charlottenburg 1996 Café
im Literaturhaus,
Berlin-Charlottenburg Galerie im
Steigenberger,
Berlin-Charlottenburg Kirche am
Tempelhofer Feld,
Berlin-Tempelhof Pauluskirche
Zehlendorf Hotel Berlin,
Berlin-Tiergarten Robert
Koch-Institut, Berlin-Wedding
Krankenhaus am Urban,
Berlin-Kreuzberg Berliner
Panoptikum,
Berlin-Charlottenburg "Ausflüge
in Berlin-Phantasie und Realität"
(G) Rathaus-Galerie 2000,
Berlin- Wilmersdorf 1997 Robert
Koch-Institut, Wedding Galerie
im Steigenberger,
Berlin-Schöneberg IKB
Deutsche Industriebank AG,
B-Charlottenburg Galerie im
Kulturhaus Spandau Galerie im
Humboldt-Krankenhaus,
Berlin-Tegel
Universitätsklinikum Benjamin
Franklin, B-Steglitz 1998 Natur &
Kultur e.V. LabSaal Lübars
Humboldt-Bibliothek,
Berlin-Tegel ZAR Zentrum für
ambulante Rehabilitation, Mitte
Reitparkanlage Stolpe Galerie
im Fontane-Haus,
Berlin-Wittenau (G "Bilder und
Skulpturen aus der Mark
Brandenburg " ( Auf den Spuren
von Fontane") 1999 Dominikus
Krankenhaus GmbH,
Berlin-Hermsdorf G.M.A.C.
Berlin, Grand Marché (G),
Berlin-Mitte
BB-Kapitalbeteiligungsges.
mbH, B-Tiergarten Berliner
Dom, Kaiserliches
Treppenhaus, B-Mitte Ev.
Bildungswerk,
Berlin-Charlottenburg 2000 IKB
Deutsche Industriebank AG (G)
Deutsche Bank AG, Private
Banking Center
Immanuel-Krankenhaus GmbH,
Wannsee Rathaus Zehlendorf
(G) 2001 Krankenhaus
Reinickendorf - ö.B.
Humboldt-K. Centre Bagatelle,
Berlin-Frohnau 2002
Daimler-Chrysler
Berlin-Reinickendorf Vivantes
Humboldt-Klinikum
Berlin-Reinickendorf
Humboldt-Bibliothek
Berlin-Tegel
Universitätsklinikum Benjamin
Franklin, Berlin-Steglitz as well
as numerous exhibitions (about
200) in municipal and private
institutions mostly as a
single-exhibition, if not qualified
as a groop-exhibition (G). Also
periodic participation at the
exhibitions of the "Berliner
Architekturmaler" ("Berlin
Architectur art Painters"), at the
FBK "Freie Berliner
Kunstausstellung" (Free Berlin
Art Exhibition") since 1988, and
at the "Freie Nordberliner
Kunstausstellung" (Free
North-Berlin Art Exhibition"),
since 1989. Virtuel exhibitions
24 hours per day in the "Online
Gallery Sterzenbach"
Commentary
S terzenbach is a painter who
creates self-willed dream
figures (men, animals,
sculptures, rock formations,
etc.). Strange and bewitched
creatures come into existence,
which defy description. Theese
magical, surrealistic images
have a suggestive effect on the
spectator. Sterzenbach about
his practice: "I don´t know
theese creatures, before I see
them appearing on the paper or
canvas. I am myself often
surprised about my own
creations. When I start a new
picture I don´t know what will
happen - there is so much -
what happens". It is quite an
own world the artist has created
in the last twenty years. He
speaks about "Interior Views" in
contrast to the "Exterior Views" -
realistic urban views,
landscapes, portraits, still life,
etc. of his surroundings. If you
want to enter in this dreamland
you have to look over the artist´s
shoulder. He has developed
different techniques allowing
him to prepare the ground in
such a manner that he can "see"
the figures easier who he then
slowly approaches. Either he
uses a bundle of ball pen,
turning them between his hands
so that they let structures on the
paper in which he later on
"sees" his figures or, he uses
the old technique of frottage by
rubbing with a black-lead pencil
(graphite) on a paper layed over
different wooden or metallic
articles found, or parts of a
machine. Then he puts the
different fantastic figures
together, in the beginning
without any imagination of what
is to come into existence later
on. This graphic art interesting
in itself is then conserved by
fixative, and finally completed in
water color or pastell. Other
techniques like decalcomany,
imprimitation on canvas, etc. are
also the ground where
interesting structures appear
which are assembled by the
artist to fantasy figures. Little
faces and forms, which
Sterzenbach inserts in the
coarse structures, increase the
dreamlike surrealistic
appearance of the pictures.
Sterzenbach´s works are made
in series, meaning many
pictures are in process
simultaneously. The floor of his
studio is full of pictures in
process. The advantage to this
proceedure is that he can work
continuously without waiting for
the process to dry. He slowly
approaches the figures which
he "sees" in every picture in a
different way. Whith every stroke
or color a figure emerges, finally
comprehensible to the
imagination. Then the artist
begins carefully to enforce, to
tone down or to change the
shapes forms. It is still a
process of something, which is
controlled consciously or
subconsciously. A concrete
imagination would disturbe the
process of developement. This
way something independent is
coming into existence. The titles
are mostly short and suggestive
like "birdmen", "Unpenetrable",
"Agitated", "Oppression", etc.
Theese titles often reflect or
project a sensation, the
spectator may experience by
regarding the pictures.
Spectators of theese pictures
can react quite in a different way:
either they feel captured or
oppressed. Others are affected
by the mysticism of the pictures.
In any case comprehension and
understanding should not be put
in the foreground. It is the
artist`s own world, where the
spectator uses his own
imagination to interpret what he
sees.
 


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