Krämer was born in the summer of 1970 as the second deaf child of deaf
parents. Thus, as her first language she acquired German Sign
After having finished the School for Deaf Children in Neuwied/Germany
she became a structural draftswoman by profession. She has by now been
working as a building draftswoman at the forestry administration in
having been hurt in a soccer match she started to look for other
hobbies and finally discovered her interest in the arts. In 1997, her
deaf friend „MM“ Martin Mertz, who is a painter and Sign Language
poet, made Claudia create her first own paintings.
Nowadays, Claudia has found her own style in painting: the Romantic
Art style! Her paintings show mythic themes and express warmth and
love. Using her experience of being deaf, Claudia tries to reach to
people and to open them to the world of feelings which, to her,
represent a central experience in human life.
The colours of her paintings are decent and warm, showing motives
either of nature in general or of the Ancient and Romantic age. Thus,
they mediate a relaxing atmosphere to the onlooker. Those motives and
themes represented in angels, roses or abstract figures are all very
close to the artist and make it possible to her to express her own
main aim in painting is to express authenticity and to make feelings
visible that usually are unexpressable. Claudia's paintings
are made in acryl, oil and mixtures of both.
The artist had exhibitions in Essen, Pforzheim, Karlsruhe, Walsrode,
Recklinghausen, Mainz, München, Frankfurt, Frankenthal, Koblenz,
Berlin a.s.o within the last years that made her become more and more
Two of the most prominent visitors of her exhibitions have been the
Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Erwin Teufel, and the Prime
Minster of Rheinland-Pfalz, Kurt Beck who both showed themselves very
impressed by the works of Claudia Krämer and even bought a painting
hanging now on the wall of his office in Mainz. The artist was
personally invited to the handing over of the painting. Moreover, the
well-known and successful former ice-skater Tanja Szweczenko attended
one of Claudias’ exhibitions, and showed herself rather impressed by
the rose pictures.
One of Claudia’s next aims is to
move to a bigger personal studio which will enable her to publish
books to her paintings as well.
Except of her interest in the
arts, Claudia Krämer, in her free time,
has been working as a course teacher of German Sign Language (DGS) for
several years. In these courses, she tries not only to teach the
participants basic skills in her native language (which has lately
been given the same status as oral languages by law) but also to make
them sensitive to the culture of the deaf community.
One of Claudia’s convictions is,
that producing cultural works is one way to strenghten people’s selfesteem. Showing other people that being
deaf is more than being handicaped and making them understand that
Sign Languages are not a collection of weird signs but natural and
very aesthetic languages, represents a fulfilling and challenging task
to the artist.
How should I win it,
Your confidence --
as a sign of `take it
- the pink rose
as a symbol