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Born in 1941 in Solingen, Germany, Franz Leinfelder was raised in Haan. He grew up surrounded by art materials, as he spent time in his father's studio. His father, a farmer and a traditonal artist, didn't encourage Leinfelder's artistic skills at a young age, so Leinfelder studied and became a professional engineer. He has been a free lance civil engineer since 1964, owning a company of about 20 employees.

In the 70's, Franz Leinfelder traveled to West Africa, visiting Nigeria, Senagal, The Ivory Coast, Togo and Gabun. His international travels to France, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands during the early 80's and a trip on a hand-created wood raft in 1987 through Sweden influenced his creativity. Also impressive was a trip to the Northwest Coast fo the United States in 1985 and to Moscow in 1995.

From 1975 to 1991 Leinfelder used an old suspension railway cabin from the city of Wuppertal as his studio and in 1985 he created his first relief collages. He moved to a larger studio in 1990 to Monheim, near the Rhine River. Since 1997 he has settled in a studio in Langenfeld.

Major Exhibitions:

Artstudio, Hamburg, Germany
Rosas, Spain
Schelmenturm, Monheim, Rhine, Germany
Kairos New Art Gallery, Munich, Germany
Stadtmuseum Freiherr-vom-Stein-Haus, Langenfeld, Germany
Neanderthal Museum Mettman/Duesseldorf, Germany

International Artists, Rathausgalerie, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany
Kairos New Art Gallery, Munich, Germany

Galerie b2, Solingen, Germany
Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, CA, USA

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