Quint Buchholz

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Giacomond, 1984
Book cover for Jostein Gaarder, "Sofies Welt", 1993
Book cover for "The collector of moments, 1997

Quint Buchholz (born July 28, 1957 in Stolberg in the Rhineland ) is a German book author and illustrator .


Quint Buchholz grew up in Stuttgart and, after graduating from high school, studied art history at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich , then painting and graphics with Gerd Winner at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts .

Quint Buchholz was best known for his illustrations of over 40 books, for example for the authors Jostein Gaarder ( Sofies Welt ), Lucy and Stephen Hawking , Luis Sepùlveda , David Grossman , Elke Heidenreich , Amos Oz and Friedrich Ani . The book The Alchemy of the Snowfall by the clown Slava Polunin was also published in 2014 with pictures by Quint Buchholz.

Buchholz also publishes his own books as an author and illustrator and works as a freelance painter. Since 1981 his works have been shown at over 100 exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Books with his pictures have now been published in 25 languages ​​and have been awarded numerous German and international prizes.

In addition, Quint Buchholz has created hundreds of images for book covers, audio books, posters, postcards and calendars from various publishers - including for Carl Hanser Verlag , Ravensburger Buchverlag, Suhrkamp Verlag , Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag , Rowohlt Verlag , S. Fischer Verlag , Heye Verlag and Edition Incognito.

Quint Buchholz has worked as a set designer several times, for example in 2005 for Der Golem and 2007 for Caligula , both productions by Jochen Schölch at the Munich Metropolitan Theater . At the end of 2008, a theatrical version of his book The Collector of Moments was performed at the Théâtre de Cornouaille in Quimper , Brittany . The production traveled through ten cities in France. A German-language theatrical version of the play has also been on the program of the Munich Metropolitan Theater since 2011.

Since 2008, Quint Buchholz has been leading workshops on "Illustration" at the Bad Reichenhall Art Academy , the Academy of Fine Arts at the Alte Spinnerei in Kolbermoor and as part of the Swabian Art Summer at Irsee Monastery .

Quint Buchholz works in a studio in Munich-Haidhausen and lives in Ottobrunn near Munich.

Painting technique

Quint Buchholz's style takes up elements of photorealism , pointillism and magical realism .

Up until around 2002, Quint Buchholz painted almost all of his pictures using a technique that he has not used since then: he first sprayed several layers of translucent acrylic paint onto an ink sketch using a fixative atomizer on the painting surface (almost always paper). Then further layers of paint were applied with a thin drawing pen and details worked out. The granular structure of the sprayed paint was retained.

Since 2002, Quint Buchholz has been painting with brushes and acrylic paints, sometimes with oil paints on an acrylic background, sometimes on canvas, mostly on paper or cardboard.

The typical graininess of the pictures is created by poking the paint with very dry brushes of different widths.


  • 1990: Troisdorf picture book prize for Sara, who wants to go to the circus (Text: Gudrun Mebs)
  • 1991: Golden plaque from the Bratislava Biennale for Sara, who wants to go to the circus (Text: Gudrun Mebs)
  • 1993: Sumchi (text: Amos Oz ) included in "The Most Beautiful German Books 1993" by the international jury of the Book Art Foundation
  • 1994: New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year Award for Sleep Well, Little Bear ( Sleep Well, Little Bear )
  • 1997: Vlag en Wimpels for Nero Corleone ; Dutch award for the most beautiful children's book of the year for children over 6 years
  • 1998: Bologna Ragazzi Award for The Collector of Moments ; international Italian picture book award
  • 1999: Prix ​​Enfantaisie for Le Collectionneur d'Instants (The Collector of Moments); French award for the best children's book of the year
  • 1999: One of the ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year ( The New York Times Book Review ) for The Collector of Moments (collector moments)
  • 2000: Mildred L. Batchelder Award for The Collector of Moments ; American Prize for Best Foreign Book
  • 2005: Catholic children's and youth book prize for pike summer
  • 2015: Premio Letteratura Ragazzi 36, Premio Speciale Albo Illustrato for Nel paese dei Libri (In the land of books); Italian special award for the best illustrated children's book

Books with pictures by Quint Buchholz were also on the honor list of the Hans Christian Andersen Prize and the shortlist of the German Youth Literature Prize several times. Several of his books have received awards from the Book Art Foundation and the lynx from DIE ZEIT / Radio Bremen.



Illustrated texts by other authors (selection)

Exhibitions (selection)


  • Fedor Bochow: Quint Buchholz. In: Kurt Franz u. a. (Ed.): Children's and youth literature. A lexicon. Founded by Alfred Clemens Baumgärtner and Heinrich Pleticha. Corian-Verlag, Meitingen 2001, ISBN 3-89048-150-7 . (11th supplementary delivery February 2001).
  • Susanna Partsch: Quint Buchholz. In: Rosemarie Zacher, Susanna Partsch: painter of the moment. How Monet & Co. discovered color. Berlin Verlag, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8270-5216-2 .
  • Helmut Kronthaler (ed.): Quint Buchholz. In: Lexicon of illustration in German-speaking countries since 1945. edition text + kritik, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-86916-191-4 .
  • Quint Buchholz among others: The Art of Quint Buchholz. Exhibition catalog. Grimm Press, Taipei 1999, ISBN 957-745-262-0 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Quint Buchholz - Authors - Hanser Literaturverlage. Retrieved January 20, 2017 .
  2. Metropolitan Theater . Retrieved January 20, 2017 .
  3. ^ Johanna Kern: Quint Buchholz. March 29, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2017 .
  4. LECTURERS: Well-known artists provide professional and individual support for our students. Retrieved January 20, 2017 .
  5. CHILDREN'S BOOKS; The Best Illustrated Children's Books 1999 . In: The New York Times . November 21, 1999, ISSN  0362-4331 ( nytimes.com [accessed January 20, 2017]).
  6. ^ Admin: Batchelder Award winners, 1968-Present . In: Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) . November 30, 1999 ( ala.org [accessed January 20, 2017]).
  7. ^ Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Cento. Retrieved January 20, 2017 .
  8. The jury from ZEIT and Radio Bremen presents: LUCHS 83 . In: The time . August 6, 1993, ISSN  0044-2070 ( zeit.de [accessed January 20, 2017]).