Anne Wölk was born and raised in former East Germany. After graduating from The School of Art and Design Berlin in 2009, the young artist became known for beautiful large-scale paintings and was selected and shortlisted for several international competitions and scholarships.
Awards include the national Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes scholarship, the Alpine Fellowship grant at Aldourie Castle, Scotland, UK; a Grand Prize from Papirmasse Montréal, Canada; a residency at Bodensee Art Fund and an artist in residence grant in Goriska Brda, Slovenia awarded by the German Embassy, Ljubljana. Her work was displayed at international institutions for e.g., the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, Turkey; the Art and Culture Center Hollywood Florida and the CICA Museum – Czong Institute for Contemporary Art South Korea. Parts of her family came originally from East Prussian Königsberg, modern-day Kaliningrad. The artist sees herself as a wanderer between different worlds.
Her birch tree landscapes are characterized by a polycultural character and show German and Russian elements. Since the last years, she has focused on making mixed media paintings with bright colors, geometric shapes and formal, street-art references. Her work explores the relationship between cultural plurality and a recycling of pop-culture, by layering different motifs from Science Fiction film stills and quotations from an art historical background, like Symbolism and German Romanticism. Science fiction has been part of mainstream Russian literature since the 19th. Century and has influenced the film industry of the whole world.
Featured image: Anne Wölk – Luna azul II, 2018. 23,7 x 30 cm. Acrylic on canvas. Photo courtesy of the artist and 5 Pieces Gallery