Armin Mueller-Stahl (1930) is famous around the world as a renowned actor. After studying music he took acting lessons in 1951, and at the same time began to dedicate himself to painting. The artist opened his first exhibition fifty years later, and many more followed.
Mueller-Stahl chooses subjects from the arts, including music, theater, cinema, and literature for his sculptures, though he is also interested in social topics in his artworks. He is an expert in transferring what he sees onto canvas or paper, and his images are excitingly executed and astonishingly vivid.
Armin Mueller-Stahl’s art is characterized by the subject being represented up-close. The people portrayed often look right at the observer, and look strong and fragile at the same time thanks to Mueller-Stahl’s unusual style.
“In drawing you’re the director. Nothing is prohibited, and you’ve got complete freedom.” – Armin Mueller-Stahl
Alongside a great many distinctions for his cinematic successes and the German Federal Cross of Merit, Mueller-Stahl has also received the Leipizig International Mendelssohn Prize in the “Fine Arts” category.
► Mueller-Stahl was most recently featured at the Osthaus Museum Hagen.