Christiane  Baumgartner


Leipzig, Germany, 1967, lives and works there. Baumgartner studied printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections internationally, and in 2000 she won the prize at the International Triennial of Original Graphic Prints in Grenchen, Switzerland.

About Baumgartner's work

Christiane Baumgartner has garnered international attention with her large-scale woodcuts which are done entirely by hand, and which often attain spectacular proportions. Born and raised in Leipzig before the reunification, Baumgartner studied traditional printing techniques at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst. She earned a Master’s degree in Printmaking at the Royal College in London, and soon started to work in video. Coming back to Leipzig, she decided to merge two apparently incompatible mediums, video and woodcuts, effectively mixing two types of “cutting edge” technologies, that of the gouge and the computer. In her extremely labor-intensive works (a single print can take as much as a year to be completed), Baumgartner achieves a slowing down of process that imbues her haunting images with an aura of concentrated presence, her preferred subjects being speed, movement, and translation, literal or metaphorical.




Luftbild, 2008-2009

Woodcut on Kozo paper

102.4” x 137.8”

Edition of 3


Nachtfahrt, 2009

Woodcut on Zerkall paper, I-IX from a portfolio of nine images

20.3” x 25”

Edition of 25


View of "Luftbild", "Nachtfahrt", The Graphic Unconscious exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2010)

Photos: Greenhouse Media

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