Alexander Befelein, painter and watercolorist
Befelein was born in Bremen, Germany in 1952 but spent his youth in Nuremberg.
In 1971 he moved to Munich where he studied fine art. In 1977 he traveled to Italy, England and Yugoslavia to continue his study. He received his degree from the University of Munich in 1981 and began his career as an artist and teacher.
During the early 80’s he took short trips to Vienna, Venice and the south of Tyrol, filling many sketch books with renderings of well-known sites in each city. Subsequent trips to Switzerland, Venice and Vienna inspired Befelein to experiment with the medium of watercolor, and he quickly mastered it.
But he remains best known for his subtle etchings of the cities he has visited, capturing in a few delicate strokes the essence of place.
Since 1977, he has regularly exhibited in numerous galleries in Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Japan, and the United States. His work is recognizable throughout the world and has been received with enthusiasm.