Born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany), the artist Beate Landen has a doctorate in biology. While on a sabbatical at the University of California in Los Angeles, she completed her training in drawing at the Art Department, and a few years later, on the occasion of a short stay in Graz, she took up an intensive study of water colours.
A recipient of the German Federal Cross of Merit and co-founder and long-standing president of the Munich branch of the leukaemia charity, Leukämiehilfe, she decided to wholly dedicate herself to art after her own serious illness, and established her own studio in Munich in 1993, which she moved to Graz in 2002.
With the tell-tale resolve she had shown as a scientist, she worked on perfecting her technical ability – the basic craftsmanship of her artistic creativity. She took part in the International Painting Weeks at Hollersbach under Peter Mairinger and completed a painting symposium with the same artist at Corfu, attended the Reichenhall Art Academy under Sigi Braun and, finally, the same academy under Markus Lüpertz, Hermann Nitsch and Peter Tomschiczek, supplemented by being a studio assistant to Arnulf Rainer.
Beate Landen’s work is multilayered and cannot be classified under any “ism”. To the observer at first glance, her paintings seem inaccessible, since what appears to them is a compact wall of earthy materials and colour. Only an intensive analysis – a deep involvement with her pictorial language and the many levels of meaning which the artist tries to sound out in her poetic and critical metaphors can grant access.