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Angela Sommerhoff (born 1970 as Angela Wilde in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg) is a German contemporary artist. After finishing high school in 1990, she studied painting and sculpting from 1991-1995 in Vienna. She continued to study history of art at the University of Vienna (1995–1997). Currently, she lives and works in the countryside south of Munich (Germany) with her family, where her studio has been located since 2013.
Early life and education[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]
Sommerhoff was born as the third out of seven children. Discovering her love for art early on, Angela initially started playing the violin as a six-year-old girl, before pursuing visual arts as a painter later on. At the age of ten, she joined a string quartet which performed so exceptionally well they were invited to compete in several musical competitions called "Jugend musiziert". After finishing high school in 1990, Angela Sommerhoff toured Germany with several youth orchestras. In 1991, Sommerhoff began her art studies in Vienna, Austria at a private institution. Her work included both painting and sculpting. One of the main subjects of her studies at this time was metamorphosis, as well as the phenomenon of human color perception described in the book Theory of Colors by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which also influenced Philipp Otto Runge, J. M. W. Turner and Wassily Kandinsky. Angela continued her education with two years of art history at the University of Vienna. She married Christian Sommerhoff in 1997 in Vienna and gave birth to two daughters (Amanda Rebecca, 1997 and Daria Viola, 1999).
Since her time in Austria, Angela Sommerhoff has worked as a freelance artist and displayed her art in numerous exhibitions in Europe. In 2007 the family moved to Bedford (NH), before relocating to Germany.
Present life[edit | hide | edit source]
Since 2013, Sommerhoff has worked in her studio in Bad Tölz, located in the Alpine foreland, south of Munich. Typically, she starts her work by playing Bach violin sonatas, as music has always been a major source of inspiration. Artists that have influenced her are Emil Nolde, Marc Chagall, Alexej von Jawlensky, and Mark Rothko, among others. In addition to a number of private collectors, the hospital "Klinikum Niederlausitz" north of Dresden acquired various series of her paintings. In 2017, Angela Sommerhoff presented am exhitbtion titled "Intervall – Form & Farbe im Zusammenklang" at the Fabrik der Künste in Hamburg and supported by a concert of Sabine Grofmeier, and followed by a show at the Stadtmuseum Bad Tölz. Her work is permantly represented by the Galerie d'Orsay in Boston, USA.
Exhibition highlights[edit | hide | edit source]
2004 Solo exhibition in Dornach, Switzerland
2005 Solo exhibition atShinergy(zone), Vienna
2008 Community exhibition „Travelling“ at ART 3 Gallery in Manchester NH, USA
2009 Solo exhibition at Gallery de Kunst 161 in Hamburg
2010 Solo exhibition at de Kulturzentrum Holzkirchen
2010 Community exhibition “Variationen ” at Sparkasse Senftenberg
2010 Charity Solo exhibition at Logenhaus in Hamburg
2012 Solo exhibition at de Kulturzentrum Forum 3 in Stuttgart
2012 Solo exhibition at Galerie Lichthof in Hamburg
2014 Solo exhibition at Goßlerhaus in Hamburg
2016 Solo exhibition at Stilwerk in Hamburg
2016 Solo exhibition at Kunstraum Bösmüller in Vienna
2017 Community exhibition at Fabrik der Künste in Hamburg
2017 Solo exhibition Stadtmuseum Bad Tölz
2017 Community exhibition at the Benediktbeuern Abbey
2017 Community exhibition at Galerie d'Orsay in Boston, USA
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