Established German contemporary artist, Willi Kissmer ( Dec.24th, 1951 – July 27th, 2018) is best known for his beautiful REALIST depictions of female bodies in paintings and graphic prints (primarily, lithographs). This musician and artist trained at the Folkwangscule, University of Essen and has later taught printmaking at the University of Duisberg. The artist generally uses combinations of etching, aquatint, drypoint and mezzotint techniques on his copperplates.
Willi Kissmer also devoted himself to music. In 1966/67, two folk groups were launched in Duisburg: “Les Autres” by Peter Bursch and “Willi and Jenny” by Willi Kissmer. In 1969, the band “Bröselmaschine” emerged from the merger of the two rivaling bands. In the 1970s, they became famous throughout Germany for their psychedelic folkrock. The group – which in its early days cohabited as a commune – published the LP “Bröselmaschine” in 1971 and dissolved the band in 1973.
In 1974, there was a first reunion (again with Willi), which showed the band in various ensembles until the 80s, so once with Helge Schneider on the keyboards. Willi was also present during the next two LPs – “Peter Bursch and the Bröselmaschine” (1976), “I feel fine” (1978) – before he left the group in 1980 to devote himself entirely to painting.