Herbert Schneider Biography

Herbert Schneider




Painter and printmaker Herbert Schneider was born in Bad Griesbach, Germany in 1924. He studied at the State Academy of Fine Art in Stuttgart under Willi Baumeister. His early work was primarily abstract, non-representational, but featured a draw toward bold brushstrokes and linework. After a move to Munich, he found equal influence in the work of Matisse and Bavarian folk art. He held his first solo exhibition at Galerie Deutscher Bucherband in 1961, launching an extensive exhibition career that took him throughout Europe and the United States. 

By the late 1960s Schneider had pared down his style to one akin to Pop Art, creating energetic compositions that utilized heavy, layered linework in saturated colors, carefully plotted out on the sheet or canvas. He became known for his joyful subject matter, depicting figures in various states of interaction: dancing, playing intruments, embracing, as well as erotica, often decorated with dot patterns and floral morifs. He was comissioned by dance and ballet troupes and corporations to create posters for events, travel, and more. He died in Hinteral, Germany, in 1983.