* 29 August 1943 in Warnalischken (Lithuania), lives in Berlin
German paintress and graphic artist
The works of Vera Schwelgin are closely connected with her biography. Having grown up in Mecklenburg, her love belongs to the Baltic Sea. Here she creates many of her pictures, which are marked by subdued colours and symbolic visual language. To her, the sea symbolizes life with all its longings and dreams, as well as man’s struggle with nature. In her creative work, graphic art and painting stand side by side, on an equal basis, with her excellent wood-cut technique holding an outstanding position. After taking her school-leaving exam, Vera Schwelgin attends a course of scientific-technological studies, and afterwards, until 1974, she continues her studies at the Dresden Academy of Visual Arts. From 1975 to 1986 she works as a freelance paintress and graphic artist in Hirschburg near Rostock. After moving to West Berlin in 1986, she lives and works freelance in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
The artist takes regularly part in exhibitions. Vera Schwelgin is a member of the Verein Berliner Künstlerinnen 1867 e.V. Her pictures are to be found in private and public collections.