Ulrike Beckmann was born in 1944 in Solingen, Germany, and studied from 1978 - 1985 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Professor Siegfried Kremer. She is working as an independent artist in Solingen and on Ibiza. Her work has been presented at solo and group exhibitions; it can be found in both private and public collections.
One of Beckmann`s first works, at the age of 16, was a small crayon drawing depicting Sören Kierkegaard. This was followed by informal training in contact with the Academie Francaise, Paris. Philosophy is a main topic that runs like a common thread through her entire work, which is often presented in cycles of pictures. The philosophical topic is also reflected by use of Wittgenstein`s ladder as a recurring symbol.
Beckmann also illustrates books, and she works on films (Edition Raute) as well as on stage sets (Ensemble Profan). She was one of the first female artists to be accepted into the Künstlerverein Malkasten.
After prolonged stays in Kapstadt (gallery tendency), in San Francisco (Cobra Fine Art Gallery) and New York, Beckmann created cycles of pictures dealing with the people of these locations. Since 2005, Beckmann has been taking part in recurring exhibitions with other Polish and German artists: www.kulturtransporter.de & www.transporterkultury.pl.
Following a period of work on Nico (Velvet Underground) and Walter Benjamin - whose Ibizan residence has now been turned into a small museum also containing a couple of Beckmann`s paintings. She is currently working with Nietzsche and the new digital future.