Willy Wolff

Biography

Posters, packaging, sculpture. Born Moritz Martin Willy Wolff on 5 July 1905 in Dresden (and where he spent almost his entire life). 1927-33: studied at the Dresden Academy of Arts; a teacher was Richard Müller. 1930: member of ASSO Dresden (Assoziation Revolutionärer Bildender Künstler Deutschlands). From 1933: Meisterschüler of Otto Dix, then freelanced in Dresden. 1936, 1938: exhs. at Städtischen Kunsthalle, Dresden. 1940-45: military service and prisoner-of-war. Early 1945: much of his work destroyed in the air raid on Dresden. 1957, 1958: visited UK; his work influenced by Pop Art. Died 8 July 1985 in Dresden. His work in Museumsverein der Stadt Forst (Lausitz).

Writings about

    H.K. Frenzel, ‘Willy Wolff’, Gebrauchsgraphik (International Advertising Art), Berlin: Phönix Illustrationsdruck und Verlag GmbH (later: ‘Gebrauchsgraphik’ Druck und Verlag GmbH), 1933-71. Published from Munich from 1950., 1929, v. 9, pp. 14-20
  • Vollmer, 1961
  • Deutsche Biographische Enzyklopädie, Munich, London, New Providence: K.G. Saur 1995- (from 1997: Munich only)., 1999.

Exhibitions

  • Numerous exhs. in Dresden: 1936, 1938
  • Forst, 2000.