Peter Lipman-Wulf Biography

Peter Lipman-Wulf




Peter Lipman-Wulf was born on April 27, 1905 in Berlin, Germany.  His father was a lawyer father and his mother a sculptor and he was surrounded by an academic and creative environment as a youth.  He studied art at the Berlin Academy and before age 27 had been commissioned for 2 sculptures for the city of Berlin.

He began teaching at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin but was dismissed in 1933 because he was Jewish.  He moved to Paris and in 1939, was interned at Les Milles near Aix-en-Provence (Max Ernst was also there).  In 1940 he was able to escape to Switzerland.

In 1947 he left Basel for the United States, settling in New York.  He became an American citizen and taught for many years at Adelphi University on Long Island.

A sculptor and poet, Lipman-Wulf would have come in contact with fellow immigrant artists in New York in the 1940’s, including those working at Atelier 17 and the Art Students League.  He began printmaking seriously in the late 1950’s in all media, primarily working in series for portfolios. He exhibited extensively and his work is represented in numerous museum and collections throughout the world.  He had a retrospective of his work at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1961.

Peter Lipman-Wulf died in Hamburg, Germany on September 26, 1993 after retiring from teaching.