Oskar Manigk


1934 born in Berlin
1953 – 1956 Apprenticeship as a carpenter
1956 – 1957 Guest student at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee
1957 – 1958 Guest student at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Institute for Art Education
1993 Caspar David Friedrich Award
2005 Cultural Award of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany

lives and works in Ückeritz (Usedom) and Berlin


I was quite young when I painted my father a picture of the dear God for his birthday. On a cloud throne.
With a war flag right and left for his protection. Or, even a few years earlier, a so-called locomotive (i called it a locomotive).
With too many wheels. A monster of ineptitude and excitement.
An uproar that was only enough for a few strokes. Because back then
you stopped when it got exhausting. And then the picture was finished.
But that’s what I sometimes dream of today. Of this concentrated effortlessness. From the saving of work to which everything is heading, like a shady spot in the coffee garden. Where the sundae with the sweet fruits of knowledge slowly thaws away.
And we only need the exhaustive for entertainment.
Oskar Manigk