The autodidact Roland Hohlbaum fashioned his first brush from his own hair at the age of five. In his early childhood, shortly after the end of the war, brushes were an unaffordable luxury item. After briefly studying architecture, Hohlbaum decided to pursue a medical career and had his own practice in Braunschweig until he retired. Painting had remained an undiminished passion, and Hohlbaum made his debut in 1985 at the Deplana-Kunsthalle in Berlin-Halensee. As early as 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hohlbaum was one of the first West German artists to build a cultural bridge between the two once separate German states with an exhibition in the Galerie Mitte in Dresden. Further solo exhibitions followed in Braunschweig, Göttingen, Salzgitter, Wolfsburg and Berlin. Hohlbaum’s œuvre, which spans almost three quarters of a century, encompasses a wide range of topics, all techniques and styles of painting, graphics and printing techniques, through to self-developed painting methods on Tecco. Hohlbaum lives and works in Berlin.
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