Max Uhlig

*1937 in Dresden, Germany

One of the outstanding artists of the present day

Max Uhlig is one of the most outstanding and internationally renowned German painters of the present day. His works can be found in many of the world’s most famous museums, from the Tate Gallery in London to the Metropolitan Museum in New York and almost all leading museums in Germany. He became known for his characteristic landscapes and portraits, which he created in expressive, vital rhythms of vibrant black or colored dabs and strokes. His unmistakable meshes of lines and brushstrokes are characterized by spontaneity and sparkling colorfulness.

“For me, something becomes interesting when it becomes unfamiliar through prolonged observation” – Max Uhlig

Since the late 1960s, the artist has transferred this way of seeing into the method of painting in his striking pictorial structures. The strokes and dabs of his painting neglect the surface, penetrating deeper, creating the impression of disembodied traces of essential appearance. In addition to portraits, it is above all landscapes that fascinate Max Uhlig anew. From splintery layers of paint and explosive bundles of strokes, Uhlig allows the essence of his subject to emerge – just as profoundly and brittlely as he depicts a mountain, tree or shrub.

In January 1996, a fire in the “Künstlerhaus” studio in Dresden-Loschwitz destroyed a large part of Max Uhlig’s work. Nevertheless, the artist was able to make a huge gift to the Free State of Saxony in 2017: he donated his factory building, which had been converted into a studio, together with 15,214 works of art, a catalog library, movables, memorabilia and personal documents as part of a bequest. “This is a great opportunity for Dresden as a cultural location and for Saxony’s culture in general” – Eva-Maria Stange, Minister of Art

Exhibitions and art fairs


Max Uhlig: Longing for Provence – Portraits vis-à-vis, Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie, Dessau, Germany


Max Uhlig. The Drawn World – A cabinet exhibition in honor of the 85th birthday of the artist, Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, Germany

The Rhythm of the Line – Drawings by Max Uhlig, Saxon Academy of Arts, Dresden, Germany


Portrait and Landscape, Gallery Alte Schule, Ahrenshoop, Germany


Max Uhlig: The moving line in expressive rhythm, Döbele Art, Mannheim, Germany


Grown before nature, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg – Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany


People, Scenes, Landscapes, Gallery Klose, Essen, Germany

Man and Landscape, Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Cologne, Germany


Print, Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden, Germany

Painting and works on paper, Kunstverein Die Wassermühle e.V., Lohne, Germany

Works on paper, Palais Leopold, Munich, Germany

Waiting and Passers-by, Beeskow Castle, Beeskow, Germany


Watercolors and colored drawings from three decades, Gallery Döbele, Dresden, Germany

Max Uhlig and Claus Weidensdorfer: Works on paper, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen, Cottbus, Germany

Max Uhlig – Black – from the graphic work, Gallery Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany


Art in GDR times: Three Nonconformists, Gallery von Loeper, Hamburg, Germany


In dialog with nature, Gallery Klose, Essen, Germany


Artists of the gallery: Angelika Bartholl, Max Uhlig, Gallery von Loeper, Hamburg, Germany


Drawings, Ningbo Museum of Art, Ningbo, China

Landscapes, Heck-Art-Gallery, Chemnitz, Germany

Retrospective on the 70th, Gallery at Sachsenplatz, Leipzig, Germany


Here Byoung, San Xiang Art Space, Shanghai, China


Head. Figure. Landscape, Gallery von Loeper, Hamburg, Germany

In small format, Gallery Scheffel, Homburg, Germany


Works from 50 years, Gallery Beethovenstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany


Change of Seasons, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück, Germany

Portraits and Landscapes, Gallery Klose, Essen, Germany


Early works 1960-1980, Gallery Oben, Chemnitz, Germany


Head Studies + Landscape, Gallery Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany


Paintings and works on paper 1970 to 1999, Gallery von Loeper, Hamburg, Germany

Portraits, Galería Arnés y Röpke, Madrid, Spain


Paysage De La Provence. New portraits, Gallery von Loeper, Hamburg, Germany

Discovered in the studio – paintings never shown before, Gallery Beethovenstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany


For 40 years, Museum Castle Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

On Paper – Art of the 20th Century at Deutsche Bank, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


At Mont Ventoux, Gallery Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany

German Painters after 1945, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom


Retrospective, Albertinum, Dresden, Germany


Paintings, watercolors and drawings, Gallery von Loeper, Hamburg, Germany


Paintings and watercolors, drawings and graphics, Museum Castle Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Nordic Plenair – Impressions of a Landscape, Gallery Beethovenstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany

Blickwechsel, Gallery von Oppenheim, Cologne, Germany


Pictures from Germany, Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany


13 painters from the GDR, Kunsthalle, Emden, Germany


From Beuys to Stella – International Graphics, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany


Dresden Today – Painting and Graphics after 1945, Gallery Döbele, Ravensburg, Germany


Max Uhlig – A painter from Dresden, Gallery Brusberg, Berlin/Hanover, Germany


Painting and Graphics of the GDR, Musée d’art moderne, Paris, France


Painting and Graphics, Central Institute for Nuclear Research Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany


Selected watercolors by artists of the GDR, Gallery at Sachsenplatz, Dresden, Germany


25 Years of Graphic Art in the GDR, Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany

Drawings in the Art of the GDR, Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden, Germany


Contemporary Art of the GDR, Seibu-Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan


8 young artists, Centralne Biuro Wystaw, Warsaw, Poland

Works in museums, in private and public collections

– Aachen, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Germany

– Albstadt, Art Museum Albstadt, Germany

– Altenburg, State Lindenau Museum, Germany

– Basel, Museum of Art, Switzerland

– Berkeley, USA, Berkeley Art Museum

– Berlin, Academy of Arts, Germany

– Berlin, New National Gallery, Germany

– Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Germany

– Berlin, Märkisches Museum, Germany

– Berlin, German Bundestag, Germany

– Berlin, Art Collection of the Federal Government (Jakob-Kaiser-Haus), Germany

– Brunswick, Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Germany

– Bremen, Kunsthalle, Germany

– Budapest, Szépművészeti Múzeum (Graphic Art Collection), Hungary

– Coburg, Municipal Art Collections of the Veste Coburg, Germany

– Dresden, State Art Collections, Germany

– Dresden, New Masters Gallery, Germany

– Dresden, Museum of Prints and Drawings, Germany

– Dresden, Municipal Gallery, Germany

– Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum im Ehrenhof, Germany

– Emden, Kunsthalle, Germany

– Erfurt, Angermuseum, Germany

– Esslingen, Villa Merkel (Municipal Gallery), Germany

– Frankfurt/Main, Museum for Communication, Germany

– Frankfurt/Oder, Gallery Young Art, Germany

– Gera, Art Gallery Orangery, Germany

– Halle, Kunstmuseum Moritzburg (Graphic Art Collection), Germany

– Hamburg, Kunsthalle (Graphic Art Collection), Germany

– Hamburg, ART Art Collection, Germany

– Hamburg, Protestant Academy, Germany

– Hanover, State Chancellery of Lower Saxony, Germany

– Hanover, Sprengel Museum, Germany

– Hanover, Collection of the Norddeutsche Landesbank, Germany

– Kiel, Kunsthalle, Germany

– Kiel, Ministry of Culture of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

– Leipzig, Museum of Fine Arts, Germany

– Leipzig, Gemäldesammlung & Graphisches Kabinett, Germany

– Leverkusen, Museum Schloß Morsbroich, Germany

– London, British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings), United Kingdom

– London, Tate Gallery (Prints and Drawings Collection), United Kingdom

– London, Victoria & Albert Museum (Prints and Drawings Collection), United Kingdom

– Munich, Staatsgalerie Moderne Kunst (Graphic Collection), Germany

– New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art (Graphic Collection), USA

– Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Germany

– Nuremberg, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Germany

– Osnabrück, Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Germany

– Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, France

– Regensburg, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Germany

– Rostock, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany

– Schleswig, Museum Schloss Gottorf, Germany

– Schwerin, State Museum, Germany

– Seoul, Korea University, South Korea

– St. Louis, St. Louis Art Museum, USA

– Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie, Germany

– Stuttgart, Daimler Art Collection, Germany

– Szczecin, National Museum, Germany

– Warsaw, National Museum (Graphic Collection), Poland

– Washington, Library of Congress (Prints and Drawings Collection), USA

– Weimar, State Art Collections, Germany

– Vienna, Albertina (Graphic Collection), Austria

– Wiesbaden, Museum Wiesbaden, Germany

– Würzburg, Diözesanmuseum, Germany

Awards and prizes


Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dresden, Germany


Art Prize of the Foundation in Honor of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Chemnitz, Germany


Prizes of the 14th and 15th International Print Biennale, Seoul, South Korea


Art Prize of the Artists, Düsseldorf, Germany


Art Prize of the State Capital, Dresen, Germany



Saxon Order of Merit


2nd prize at the 21st Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Käthe Kollwitz Prize of the Academy of Arts, GDR, Germany


Lund Humphrey Prize of the 6th British International Print Biennale, Bradford, United Kingdom


1st Prize of the Pirckheimer Society for Small Graphics, Hamburg, Germany


Born in Dresden in 1937, the artist has received numerous national and international awards for his work. In 1987, he was awarded the Käthe Kollwitz Prize of the Academy of Arts (GDR), in 1998 the Hans Theo Richter Prize and the Saxon Order of Merit. In 2003, he received the Art Prize of the State Capital of Dresden and in 2005 the Art Prize of the Artists in Düsseldorf. Most recently, Max Uhlig was awarded the Art Prize in Honor of Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Chemnitz 2020.