Werner Stötzer

Werner Stötzer (born Sonneberg 2 April 1931: died Altlangsow 22 July 2010) was a German Artist and Sculptor.[1][2] For the last three decades of his life he lived and worked in Altlangsow (administratively part of Seelow) in the marshy Oderbruch region of Brandenburg.[3]

Werner Stötzer
Werner Stötzer 2006.jpg
Werner Stötzer (2006)
Born2 April 1931
Died22 July 2010
Spouse(s)Sylvia Hagen
Children1 son, 1 daughter


After a training as a Ceramics modeller at the Vocational Arts Academy in Sonneberg,[4] Stötzer moved on to study between 1949 and 1951 at the Grand Ducal Arts Academy in Weimar, where his teachers included Heinrich Domke, Hans van Breek and Siegfried Tschiersky. Because of a reorganisation at the Weimar academy he then transferred to Dresden where he continued his studies at the city's Academy of Fine Arts from 1951 till 1953,[5] taught by Eugen Hoffmann and Walter Arnold.[4] Between 1954 and 1958 her was a "Master Schoolman" (Meisterschüler) with Gustav Seitz at the Berlin Academy of Arts[1] where contemporaries included Manfred Böttcher, Harald Metzkes and the painter Ernst Schroeder. He formed lifelong friendships with the first two of these three. On concluding of his time as a Master Schoolman he embarked on a career as a freelance artist.

In 1974 he worked with Konrad Wolf on the tragicomedy film The Naked Man on the Sports Ground ("Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz"), himself taking a small cameo role as the town mayor.[6]

Werner Stötzer also worked as a teacher. From 1975 till 1978 he was a guest lecturer at the Berlin-Weißensee High Arts Academy, and between 1987 and 1990 he held a teaching professorship at the East German Arts Academy. From 1978 he was employed at the Berlin Arts Academy where he served as Vice-president from 1990-1993.[1] and where he personally mentored a number of younger artists. His own "Master Schoolmen" from this period included Horst Engelhardt, Berndt Wilde, Joachim Böttcher (1989-1992) and Mark Lammert.

Werner Stötzer was first married to graphic Artist Renate Rauschenbach from 1961 to 1992. With their daughter Carla (*1961) they lived in their house in Berlin-Altglienicke from 1961 to 1978 in. After living in a succession of apartments and ateliers in Berlin and Vilmnitz (Putbus) on the Island of Rügen, he relocated to Altlangsow, some 70 km (45 miles) to the east of Berlin and (since 1945) some 20 km (12 miles) to the west of the frontier with Poland. Here, for almost thirty years, he worked, living in a former presbytery with his second wife, the sculptress Sylvia Hagen. From this marriage their son Carl-Hagen Stötzer was born in 1978. [4][7]

  • "What lies within me is neither Heaven nor Hell. It is humanity."
  • „Mein Inhalt ist weder der Himmel noch die Hölle, es ist der Mensch.“[8]
Werner Stötzer 2010

Awards and HonoursEdit

Werra and Saale (1982-84)
Boy sitting (1956)

Works (not a complete list)Edit

Exhibitions (not a complete list)Edit


  1. ^ a b c Ingrid Kirschey-Feix; Anke Scharnhorst. "Stötzer, Werner * 2.4.1931, † 22.7.2010 Bildhauer, Zeichner". Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur: Biographische Datenbanken. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Werner Stötzer 1931–2010". Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin. January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  3. ^ Bernd Kluge (1 August 2010). "Der Bildhauer Werner Stötzer wird beerdigt". Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, Halle. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Birgit Grimm (25 July 2010). "Er hat dem Stein mit Hammer und Meißel etwas hinzugefügt Der Bildhauer Werner Stötzer hat die deutsche Kunstlandschaft geprägt. Jetzt ist er im Alter von 79 Jahren gestorben". Sächsische Zeitung, Dresden. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  5. ^ "GESTORBEN Werner Stötzer". Der Spiegel (online). 26 July 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Werner Stötzer". IMDb. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  7. ^ Ingeborg Ruthe (7 July 2008). "Das Bildhauerpaar Sylvia Hagen und Werner Stötzer lebt und arbeitet im Pfarrhaus in Altlangsow Die Sprache der Steine". Berliner Zeitung (online). Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  8. ^ Werner Stötzer (quoted by dpa) (23 July 2010). "Er war ausschließlich am Menschen interessiert". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. p. 4. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Werner Stötzer". GALERIE BORN. Retrieved 2021-03-26.