Emma Bormann Biography

Emma Bormann




Printmaker Emma Bormann was born in Döbling near Vienna, Austria on July 29, 1887. She began as a student of Ludwig Michalek and Oscar Laske. She continued her studies with at the Munich School of Applied Arts between 1917 and 1921. Beginning in 1926 she taught art at the University of Vienna.In Austria she began cutting her dramatic black and white woodcuts. Bormann developed her distinct stippling effect on her own, absorbing the animated lines of expressionism. She traveled extensively thoughout Europe between 1920 and 1930, creating a body of relief prints along the way.

Bormann, like many artists of the time, also traveled internationally,  USA. Between 1941 and 1950 she traveled and lived in Japan, China, and Hong Kong, where she learned the color woodcut skills she showed later in her career. In the 1950s she returned to the United States, settling down in Riverside, California where she died on December 28, 1974. She exhibited regularly throughout her career in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Bormann's work also includes lithographs, etchings, silkscreens, oils and watercolours. Emma Bormann’s works are represented in collections of Viennese museums, in British Museum, London, in Metropolitan Museum, New York, in National Art Gallery, Melbourne and in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

In 2016 Andreas Rainer Bormann Johns published the monograph and checklist "The Art of Emma Bormann", Ariadne Press. ISBN: 9781572422982