Almuth Baumfalk was born in 1962 in Aurich, Germany. Studying object design in Münster, she soon changed to Fine Arts at the “Hochschule für Bildende Künste” (HBK) in Braunschweig. An exchange-scholarship brought her to Chicago, USA, to the “School of the Art Institute”. Receiving her diploma and master-degree 1992 at the HBK in Braunschweig, she returned to the USA with a DAAD-scholarship and lived and worked as an artist in Chicago, before returning to Germany in 1997.
Baumfalk started her artistic work in the tradition of still-life painting, experimenting with motifs, forms and colors. More and more she grew an interest in transparency, first through an increasing liquidity of the paint, soon also by using translucent material instead of canvas, such as synthetic silk. Since around 1997 she developed her present focal point transformation and transparency, creating partly large format works, often using the Tondo as a format, on translucent synthetic textiles, with just a few- painted or transferred by photographs- motifs, like plants or articles for daily use, which through their apparently unreal arrangement and through circulating picture elements like spirals and waves, through photo images of the artists hands, which intervene into the painting process and due to the translucent ground, appear to be in motion and to be floating in an imaginary space.
Baumfalk’s work has been exhibited at various museums and galleries in Europe and the USA. Her work is collected by Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst: Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Landesmuseum Emden; the John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation, Chicago; Credit Suisse, Frankfurt
Almuth Baumfalk lives and works in Berlin Germany.