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Bernd Zimmer is a German painter and is considered a representative of the "Neue Wilde”. He became known as a co-founder of the Berlin "Heftige Malerei" in the 1980s.

  • Born: Novembre 6, 1948
  • Place of birth: Planegg, Germany
  • Nationality: German
  • Studied at: Free University of Berlin
  • Era: Contemporary art
  • Stylistic direction: abstract painting, Neue Wilde

The central theme of Bernd Zimmer's art is untouched nature, with which he deals in an autonomous painting process through motifs such as landscapes, weather phenomena and vegetation.


Bernd Zimmer was born in Planegg near Munich in 1948. Before turning to art, Zimmer trained as a bookseller. It was not until the 1970s that he decided to pursue his passion for painting professionally and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe from 1970 to 1973.

Zimmer's art is known for its bold colors and dynamic brushstrokes. His works are often inspired by nature and landscapes, interpreting these subjects with a raw, almost abstract energy. The intensity and directness of his painting are characteristic of the "New Wilds" style. Over the years, however, his style has evolved, and while his early works are strongly influenced by expressive painting, later works show a tendency toward greater abstraction and an intense play with color and form.

Zimmer's works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe. Today, he lives and works in Upper Bavaria, Brandenburg, and Italy.



  • 21.05.2023 – 11.06.2023 Bernd Zimmer: Zeitfall – Kunst im Alten Spritzenhaus e.V., Bahlingen.
  • 18.09.2021 – 23.10.2021 150 Jahre Landschaftsmalerei - Galerie Schlichtenmaier, SCHLOSS DÄTZINGEN.
  • 19.06.2021 – 04.09.2021 Blick nach vorn – Aufbruch in die 2020er Jahre - Galerie Schlichtenmaier, SCHLOSS DÄTZINGEN.
  • 07.11.2020 – 06.06.2021 Bernd Zimmer. Kristallwelt - Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg.
  • 04.10.2020 – 11.04.2021 Bernd Zimmer. Reflex - Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen.
  • 10.07.2020 – 28.02.2021 Tikimania. Bernd Zimmer, die Marquesas-Inseln und der europäische Traum von der Südsee - Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich.



  • Bernd Zimmer: Die Farbe und das Licht, Documentary by Bayerischer Rundfunk, director: Antje Harries, cast: Bernd Zimmer, Walter Grasskamp, Klaus Wagenbach, 45 minutes, Germany 2010.



  • TIKIMANIA. Bernd Zimmer, Die Marquesas-Inseln und der europäische Traum von der Südsee, Elisabeth C. Childs, Elena Govor, Sven Kirsten, Michael Koch, Hannelore Paflik-Huber, Hilke Thode-Arora, Bernd Zimmer, Stuttgart 2020.
  • Bernd Zimmer. Kristallwelt, Bernd Küster, Gesa Wieczorek, Nina Schleif, Gespräch Bernd Zimmer & Walter Grasskamp, Cologne 2018.
  • Bernd Zimmer. Alles fliesst. Malerei, Renè Hirner, Johannes Holzmann und Jürgen Schilling, Munich 2015.
  • Bernd Zimmer. ZWEITE NATUR. Bilder 2006 – 2012, Thomas Elsen, Augsburg 2012.
  • Bernd Zimmer. HOLZSCHNITT. Werkverzeichnis 2001 – 2012, Anuschka Koos, Walter Grasskamp, Munich 2011.