Werner Koal

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Werner Koal (born July 21, 1939 in Dresden , † December 7, 1990 in Mannheim ) was a German painter and sculptor.

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Werner Koal's ancestors came from the East, his mother from Russia. His father was a tropical doctor.

His artistic work was discovered in the 1970s by the gallery owner Egon Haßbecker (Eberbach). The main subjects of his works are ancient myths; Animal and human figures from fantastic worlds; Masks and demons of otherworldly spheres; strange landscapes. Koal made archetypal sculptures out of alabaster plaster.

The world art ruled in 1983: "Working from ... Werner Koal u. a. prove the fact that an event has long been taking place outside the established norms of art-historical tradition and the standards of academies and museums that reach to the roots of creativity ”.

"In Koal's pictures we encounter ... a painter personality who has to make a real contribution to naive art through a convincing personal contribution." (RNZ, October 1973)

An extensive bio-bibliographical file on Werner Koal can be found under the call number K1012 in the Geissler archive , which is kept in the Palatinate State Library.


  • 12/1972: Double exhibition Two Naive . Koal - Schmidtová
  • 01/1973: (back) court book dealership "Small Gallery" Haßbeckers, Eberbach
  • 03/1973: Krefeld Gallery Krüll / exhibition of naive artists
  • 05/1973: Evening Academy Mannheim
  • 03/1974: Gallery on the Weissenhof / Weinsberg "Naive pictures and sculptures"
  • 08/1974: Exhibition in Mülben, “Open Day” with Egon Haßbecker; Koal - Schmidtová - Ennulat
  • 08/1975: Group exhibition "Naive art as self-affirmation in alienated circumstances", Eberbach


  • Artis , Volume 34. Neinhaus-Verlag, 1982. p. 22
  • Otto J. Groeg: Who's who in the Arts: A Biographical Encyclopedia Containing Some 13,000 Biographies and Addresses of Prominent Personalities, Organizations, Associations and Institutions Connected with the Arts in the Federal Republic of Germany, Volume 2 . Who's Who-Book & Publ., 1978. ISBN 3-921-22022-X . P. 748
  • Thomas Grochowiak : German naive art . Recklinghausen, 1976

Individual evidence

  1. Weltkunst , Volume 53, 1983
  2. PDF in the Geissler archive ( Memento of the original from November 29, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.lbz-rlp.de
  3. Natálie Maslikova-Schmidtová, Anežka Šimková, Galerie výtvarného umění v Chebu, Muzeum umění Olomouc: Já su stěhovavý pták: Natálie Maslikova-Schmidtová, 1895–1981 . Muzeum umění Olomouc, 2006. p. 136