Elvira Bach

Elvira Bach ( born June 22, 1951 in New Grove (Taunus ) ) is a German artist who was called in the 1980s as a representative of the young savages.

Life and work

Elvira Bach was born on June 22, 1951 at Hessian Neuenhain. Along with her ​​twin sister Ingrid, she experienced a happy childhood and youth in a rural environment. In an anthology portrays Elvira Bach 1995 her memories of childhood and youth.

From 1967 to 1970 she studied at the glass school in Hadamar. Then she moved to Berlin and studied from 1972 to 1979 at the University of Arts Berlin painting, most recently as a master student of the informal painter Hann Trier; concurrently with Rainer Fetting, Salomé and Helmut Middendorf, who studied with Karl Horst Hödicke. During her studies she worked at the Berlin theater, then under the direction of Peter Stone, as props, prompter and foyer lady. A scholarship took Elvira Bach in the Dominican Republic. In 1982 she was invited to Documenta 7 in Kassel. This was their breakthrough, national and international exhibitions followed.

Your neo-expressionist portraits of women reflect the topics of their own lives. The similarity of the images with their own person are unmistakable. The works of the early eighties revolved largely around the theme of "I " ( owl, Sophisticated Lady, Always I ). After marriage, birth of sons and retired to private domestic life, her family environment is reflected in your works amplified resist (children, kitchen, art). To date, it has remained true to their powerful style of painting. Her works are in public collections and museums. Besides painting, Elvira Bach is also working on bronze sculptures, ceramics and Murano glass sculptures.


Public collections


  • Walter Art Museum, Augsburg
  • Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
  • Collection Alison & Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen Nut village
  • Project "Column Painting" (1995 ): Painting the pillars of the metro station Markthalle / Landtag of Hanover Stadtbahn with feminine designs.
  • District Court of Fulda: cycle of paintings on the foyer wall before the meeting rooms



  • Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus

United States of America

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York City