Adorable Miniature Paintings by Frank Holzenburg

German artist Frank Holzenburg studyied fine arts and geography and started creating his art with medieval book illumination as a student. He previously worked as puppeteer, graphic designer, and teacher, then solely concentrated on miniature paintings. As he states on his website “Formerly I painted lots of landscapes and larger illuminations. Now, retrospectively, many of them are still miniatures, though in larger combination and frame. So you can see my larger formats as a reminiscence to these old illuminations.” He draws figures, objects, animals, etc. in their minimalistic form so as to reflect the basic characteristic of his models. He says “Frequently I’m asked: Why that small, isn’t that bad for the eyes? Well, I think I have to care for my eyes, so I use reading glasses or magnifying spectacles when I paint. In a short time I’m oblivious of painting something small, it just feels like painting.” He draws one image in a day and that’s generally something he saw the day before that impressed him or something from his list of ideas and subjects. He now has a picture diary of his ideas where he pours his imagination and creativity. He summarizes his life with a quote from Willem de Kooning: “I do not paint to live, I live to paint.” Below, you will find some of his adorable miniature paintings. Hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.

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