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Quint Buchholz, 1957 | Magic Realism painter / illustrator

Puint Buchholz was born in Stolberg near Aachen and grew up in Stuttgart. He studied history of art for four terms, followed by painting and graphic design at the Munich Academy of Art under Prof. Gerd Winner.
He has worked as a painter and illustrator since 1979, illustrating over fourty books for German and international publishers.
From 1982 onwards his works have also been exhibited in over seventy solo exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Taiwan.

In recent years he has also worked as a stage painter, creating sets for The Golem in 2005 and Caligula in 2007, both of which were staged by Jochen Schölch for the Metropoltheater in Munich.
In 2008, 2009 and Quint Buchholz ran the Illustration workshop at the Kunst leben (Live Art) summer school in Kloster Irsee. In addition to that he runs courses at the Kunstakademie Bad Reichenhall from time to time.
At the end of 2008 a theatrical interpertation of The Collector of Moments opened at the Theâtre de Cornouaille in Quimper, Brittany, directed by Jacques Nichet and with Jacques Echantillon in the lead role. The production then went on tour to nine other French cities.

A German production of Der Sammler der Augenblicke (The Collector of Moments) opened in March 2011 at the Metropoltheater in Munich, directed by Jochen Schölch and after fourteen sold out performances returned to the theatre in November 2011 and again in December 2013.

Quint Buchholz is married, he is the father of three children and lives in Munich, Germany.

  • Sun, Moon and Evening Star” (“Sonne, Mond und Abendstern”), an illustrated collection of nighttime songs, stories and poems by Dorothée Kreusch-Jacob and Quint Buchholz, is published by Hanser;
  • “BookPictureBook” ("BuchBilderBuch“) receives an award** for being one of the “libros mejor editados en 2016” (best-edited books of the year 2016) from the Spanish Department of Education, Culture and Sports;
  • Eye Music” ("Augenmusik"): Two concerts organized by the Munich-based chamber choir ensemble Canzone11, featuring an animated picture show by Quint Buchholz;
  • “Magic Words” ("Zauberworte“): A book of 43 pictures and 43 words.
  • "Premio Letteratura Ragazzi 36“, Premio Speciale Albo Illustrato (Italian Special Award** for Best Illustrated Children’s Book) for "Nel paese dei Libri“ (“In the Land of Books”);
  • Pictures for “The Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow” ("Der langsame Weg zum Glück – ein Schneckenabenteuer“) by Luis Sepúlveda;
  • Illustrations for “A Guest Cat” ("Der Gast im Garten“), a novel by Takashi Hiraide;
  • “The Alchemy of Snow”, a book by the Russian clown Slava Polunin, featuring 27 pictures by Quint Buchholz, is published in Moscow and London;
  • Several workshops, lectures and readings in Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia;
  • “You Put My Feet on a Large Expanse” ("Du stellst meine Füße auf weiten Raum“), Exhibition at St.Michael’s Church (Michaelskirche) in Ottobrunn, Munich area;
  • “The Collector of Moments” ("Der Sammler der Augenblicke“), Exhibition at Wackerbarth Castle in Radebeul;
  • “Time in Picture Books” ("Zeit im Bilderbuch”), Exhibition at the Alps-Adriatic Sea Gallery in Klagenfurt, Austria, in cooperation with Lisbeth Zwerger and Willy Puchner.
  • “In the Land of Books” ("Im Land der Bücher“), pictures and text by Quint Buchholz;
  • “Of Yearning and Mystery” ("Von Sehnsucht und Geheimnis“), Exhibition at the Heilsbronn Monastery’s Center for Religious Education.
2012 - “Quint’s Life of Animals” ("Quints Tierleben“), featuring texts by various authors.

  • “The Collector of Moments ("Der Sammler der Augenblicke“) is turned into a play at the Munich Metropoltheater, starring Gerd Lohmeyer and directed by Jochen Schölch;
  • First workshop at the Bad Reichenhall Art Academy.
2010 - “The Bible in Pictures by Quint Buchholz” ("Die Bibel in Bildern von Quint Buchholz“) is published.

  • "Le Collectionneur d’Instants“ (“The Collector of Moments”) is played at the Théâtre de Cornouaille in Quimper,
  • Bretagne, starring Jacques Echantillon and directed by Jacques Nichet;
  • First workshop for the Swabian Summer of Art at Irsee Monastery;
  • Illustrations for “George’s Secret Key to the Universe” ("Der geheime Schlüssel zum Universum“) by Lucy and Stephen Hawking;
  • Set decorations for "Caligula“, played at Munich Metropoltheater and directed by Jochen Schölch;
  • Exhibition in the International Youth Library of Blutenburg Castle, Munich;
2005 - Set decorations for "The Golem“, played at Munich Metropoltheater and directed by Jochen Schölch;

2003 - Exhibiton at Literaturhaus Hamburg;
2002/03 - Exhibition at the Wilhelm Busch Museum in Hannover, in cooperation with Binette Schroeder;
2001/02 - Creation of a series of about thirty box installations and “found object” sculptures.
2001 - “Catching the Moonlight” ("Wer das Mondlicht fängt“); Michael Krüger writes stories on pictures by Quint Buchholz;
2000 - Mildred L. Batchelder Award** (American Honorary Prize for Best Foreign Children’s Book) for “The Collector of Moments“;

  • Exhibition at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan;
  • Workshop in Taipei, Taiwan;
  • “Prix Enfantaisie“ Award** for Best Children’s Book of the Year, for “Le Collectionneur d‘Instants” (“The Collector of Moments”);
  • “One of the ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year“ (The New York Times Book Review) for “The Collector of Moments”;
  • Exhibition at the City Gallery Schwarzes Kloster in Freiburg;

1998 - Bologna Ragazzi Award** for “The Collector of Moments” ("Der Sammler der Augenblicke“);

  • The Collector of Moments”, picture book with text written by Quint Buchholz;
  • “BookPictureBook” ("BuchBilderBuch“): Stories on Pictures by Quint Buchholz; featuring texts by John Berger, David Grossman, Peter Høeg, Milan Kundera, Herta Müller, Orhan Pamuk, Susan Sontag and others;
1996 - First calendars for the publisher Heye;

  • Illustrations for "Nero Corleone“, a narrative by Elke Heidenreich;
  • Pictures for “The Solitaire Mystery” ("Das Kartengeheimnis“), a novel by Jostein Gaarder;
  • Exhibition at the Gasteig Cultural Center, Munich;
  • Illustrations for “Matti and His Grandpa” ("Matti und der Großvater“), a children’s book by Roberto Piumini;
  • Illustrations for “Baby” ("Schere, Stein, Papier“), a novel by Patricia MacLachlan;
  • New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year Award** for "Sleep Well, Little Bear“.
  • Sleep Well, Little Bear” ("Schlaf gut, kleiner Bär“), written and illustrated by Quint Buchholz;
  • Illustrations for "Sumchi“, a narrative by Amos Oz;
  • Cover design for the worldwide bestseller “Sofie’s World” ("Sofies Welt“) by Jostein Gaarder, part of the first Hanser Children’s Books segment;
1991 - Gold Plaque at the Bratislava Children’s Book Illustration Biennial (BIB’91);

  • First picture book “Sara Wants to Join the Circus” ("Die Sara, die zum Circus will“), written by Gudrun Mebs;
  • Illustrations for “The Boy and the Whale” ("Sams Wal“), a narrative by Katherine Scholes;
  • First book cover for the Hanser publishing house, for “The Question of Hu” (“Der kleine Herr Hu”) by Jonathan D. Spence;
1989/90 - Series of posters for the Industrial Union of Mediaworkers (IG Medien);
1989 - Exhibition at Wilhelm Palais in Stuttgart;
1988 - Pictures for the ZEIT magazine’s bookfair-themed literary supplement;
1986/87 - First book illustrations and covers for the publishing houses Suhrkamp, Sauerländer and Ravensburger;
1985 - Pictures for the magazine “Transatlantik“;
1984 - Cooperation with Clown Giacomo;
1981 - Gallery “im Flur” in Rastatt, first solo exhibition;
1979/80 - Poster designs for Amnesty International;
1979 - First illustrations for the magazine “P.M.”.

L'artista Tedesco** Quint Buchholz è nato nel a Stolberg, vicino ad Aquisgrana. Lavora come pittore e come illustratore dal 1979 ed ha pubblicato oltre 40 libri per il mercato tedesco ed internazionale.
Dal 1982 ad oggi i suoi dipinti sono stati esposti in oltre settanta mostre personali in Germania, Svizzera, Francia, Italia, Spagna, Grecia e Taiwan.
Quint Buchholz piace molto ai bambini ed ai genitori, grazie alla magia delle sue illustrazioni.
I suoi libri hanno ricevuto numerosi premi, fra questi il Bologna Ragazzi Award** nel 1998.