1913 - 1997 


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Renée and Heinz Trökes
Berlin-Tiergarten, 1947

Trökes, ca. 1985

Heinz Trökes at his Atelier Nollendorfstr. Berlin 1946

Heinz Trökes (standing)

at Johannes Itten, Krefeld, ca.1934

Jochen Severin, Renée and

Heinz Trökes, Ibiza 1953

Heinz Trökes was born in Hamborn in the Rhineland in 1913. After finishing secondary school in Krefeld he joined the two Bauhaus Masters Johannes Itten and Georg Muche for postgraduate studies. His first one-man-show took place in Galerie Nierendorf in Berlin in 1938. It was closed by the national-socialist Ministry of Culture (Reichskulturkammer), what lead to his official exclusion. Until the year 1945 Heinz Trökes had no further public exhibition.

After World War II Trökes co-founded the first private art gallery in Germany, Galerie Gerd Rosen, functioning as its artistic director till 1946. Seated in Berlin this gallery is one of the first to show works of art, by the formerly so-called degenerated Artists included –  M. Chagall, P. Picasso, ..... and german artists still well known today like Werner Heldt, Karl Hartung, Bernhard Heiliger, Willi Baumeister, Hannah Höch, and Ernst Wilhelm Nay.

At long last Galerie Rosen presented Heinz Trökes’ pictures as well, causing their increasing awareness level. In his beginnings Trökes had been sympathetic to surrealism. Delving into new tendencies in art lead him to a partially abstract shape-vocabulary of  his own, where emblematic, figurative, and symbolic elements can be found.

The years of 1950 and 1951 Trökes spent in Paris. There he formed friendship with Wols and Paul Celan and came in contact with the group around André Breton. In 1952 Heinz Trökes migrated to the Isle of Ibiza taking many trips from there to Europe and North Africa. In 1959 he spent one year in Greece with his wife Renée (née Severin), whom he had got married to in 1949. From 1962 to 1965 Heinz Trökes commutes between Ibiza and Stuttgart, where he had a professorship at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste. In 1965 he accepted a chair at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Berlin.

In addition to Trökes’ paintings, again long travels kept determining his life. He visited all European states, many countries in Latin America including the United States and Canada, the Near and Middle East, in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Far East, Australia and Oceania.

Since 1979 he resided in Berlin, where he died in 1997.

Prizes and Awards
1950 Prize Winner of  the Blevin-Davis-Contest, Munich
1955 Critics’ Prize for the Visual Arts
1956 Art-Prize of the City of Berlin
1964 Karl-Ströher-Prize at the 1st International of Drawing, Darmstadt
1955 – 64 Participation in  Documenta I , II, and III, Kassel
since 1961 Member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin
1993 Mercator Medal of the City of Duisburg

In Duisburg a Street is called after him

Teachings / Professorships
1947 State University for Architecture and the Arts, Weimar
1956 – 58 Head of the Department of Liberal Graphics, State University for Visual Arts, Hamburg
1962 – 65 State Academy for Visual Arts, Stuttgart
1965 – 78 University for Visual Arts, Berlin
1972 Seminar for Liberal Painting at the International Summer Academy, Salzburg.

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